Marriage, and divorce, are all about the law. They are more than the law, especially marriage, but the law extends into every intimate corner of a marriage, and even more so in the case of divorce. Just ask the 3 kids of successful professionals and divorced parents in Detroit who will be spending summers in a juvenile detention center as a result of their parent’s ugly divorce. Yes Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca seems to have lost her sense of perspective by punishing the kids for refusing to obey the judge’s order “to have a healthy relationship with your father.” And the specific cause was a refusal to have lunch with their dad. But with the state through it’s judiciary intimately involved in the day to day details of a family suffering the consequences of an acrimonious divorce, this was inevitable.

When the judiciary controls marriage and divorce to such an extent, a decision by Judge Gorcyca may be harsh, but it is a logical result of such control. It will be interesting to see who appeals this decision or somehow adjusts her remedy. Should Judge Gorcyca have placed the responsibility – the legal responsibility – for a healthy relationship on the children? Rather than the parents? Because the implication of the Judges other comments are that the mother is guilty of the worst sort of brainwashing of her children, turning them against their father. If that is the case, how in the world can you send brainwashed kids to juvenile detention until they are 18? Summer detention for now, with a threat that it could become full-year detention. Judge Lisa berated the elder son for his “horrific behavior” towards his dad, and said she has wanted to send them to detention for some time now but backed off due to their father’s pleas.

It seems that Judge Lisa has let this case get under her skin. And has lost her perspective. Maybe the kids, aided by a manipulative and vengeful mother, have indeed behaved horribly toward their father. Sending them to detention will likely make matters worse in this regard. As a way to ensure that her authority in court is upheld, this sentencing can be seen as absurdly tough, but comprehensible. As a remedy to bring a family closer together, it seems an absurd invasion of the state into a family’s life. But the battling parents called in the lawyers and resorted to hard ball tactics. This is what can happen. The parents will have to live with the consequences of that. And their unfortunate kids, even more so.


  • jeff

    In most instances I have witnessed Judge Gorcyca create conflict between divorced parents instead of making logical decisions to minimize conflict. She has failed so many families and the children she claims to care about.

  • Eleanor Cummings

    This is happening in EVERY state. Check out THE LAWMAKER’S ROLE IN ‪#‎TAKEN‬ CHILDREN

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    These women have had their children taken – and sometimes adopted out.

  • Lorrie Eubanks

    Judge Gorcyca should have recused herself long ago. She is abusive and volatile to three young children. The GAL William Lansat is no better. Do not get me started about the children’s attorneys who did not even know the kids names before the day that they were incarcerated. The Tsimhoni children are not the only victims of Oakland County Court. In my opinion the Judicial Committee needs to do a full review of all cases that Gorcyca, Lansat and Middleditch are working on. They all need to be removed immediately.

  • Suzanne Thurman

    Thus judge has lost aby ability to be impartial. I have read the documents and the evidence proves conclusively that the father abused the children and the mother. The judge had no legal basis for sending the children to juvie because the contempt charge was based on a false accusation. It is time for this judge to go and for the children to come home with their mother.

  • justice for children

    This judge is on a power trip and she’s abusive! Hope she gets removed from the bench. Her ego is way to big to be a family court judge. There are CPS report and doctor’s reports of assault by the father. The oldest son said his father is a violent man and he’s seen him hit his mother. It’s amazing how abusers say the kid’s are brainwashed by the way they are acting. Kid’s were displaying PTSD. Hope those kids sue the judge and the county for what this judge has done. Kid’s do grow up.

  • GeorgeHanshaw1



    Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
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    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

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