Saturday, September 21, 2013

What can I do about an Forensic Fraudster?

Q:  So I have been forced by the courts to contract a forensic evaluator. At the first 2 hour session he explained that he bills for two hours, at $375 per hour, but will only see me for one and half hours. He needs an hour for administration. He then proceeded to spend an hour telling me about his bill and how it must be paid in advance. At an estimated 50 hours of work billed at $375 per hour.

A week ago I took my child in. The Forensics guy seemed disheveled and perhaps hungover. . The office is dirty, This guy is billing the same money as other professionals that manage to maintain clean and even impressive offices, yet his place is a disgusting mess. it's like I'm being treated by a homeless person, and going to a welfare office.

Who regulates these people? And what rules apply

A:  David's Answer:  With regard to his pay, that's regulated by the Judge on your case - and thus subject to court order. Thus, if you wish to limit his hourly rate and/or hours he charges for, this must be the subject of a motion to the Judge. As for the other issues you've raised, you're best advised to contact the Office of Attorneys for Children (if you're in Manhattan, call the Appellate Div., 1st Dept for the number), as they regulate the assigned mental health professionals & thus determine who gets on - and potentially who gets removed from - their list.   --  David Bliven, Bronx Child Custody attorney (

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