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Denies the due process that is the birthright of every citizen. Then takes free reign to commit blackmail, using children as her bargaining chips. Most disturbing guardian ad litem. Not recommended.
Following is my review of my experience with Katalin Eckstein and Diane Van Ness. I brought my very ill child in good faith to these two for help. He had an early onset of hallucinations, paranoia, and a severe thought disorder that resulted in unfortunately incontrollable behaviors and bizarre stories even about all the innocent people in his life. This inexperienced duo believed everything he was saying and filed false child abuse charges with detrimental familial results. Since that time, his father, paternal grandparents, principals, counselors, pediatricians, police, doctors, teachers, sheriffs, hospitals, and multitudes of others OVER A DECADE, virtually EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM, has Baker-acted him or had him Baker-acted, arrested and/or hospitalized him. ARE THEY ALL MENTALLY ILL CHILD ABUSERS, TOO, DIANE AND KATALIN? No, Diane and Katalin, we have ALL had only one thing in mind... how to help and keep safe my beautiful son, and keep others safe from him, and him from himself. He deserved treatment! Not enabling of his illness and bizarre stories, or unethical punishment of his family over stories that never happened. "Punishment" included his healthy brother and healthy mother being kept apart for four years, while the case never ONCE went before a judge as an evidentiary hearing. Never once. Eventually, Diane Van Ness was thrown off this case for ethical reasons and Katalin Eckstein quit the case with one day's notice for falsified reasons. All documents are available in a court of law by multiple professionals if needed. And my beautiful son? The boy that WE ALL were only trying to help? Detrimental. This duo will never know the agony of loving and raising and trying to help a severely mentally ill child. They have never apologized, and still likely are stuck with their initial ignorant conclusions, not based on reality and without any contact with any persons or doctors who truly knew this boy. Not recommended.
I would find Diane Van Ness' current listing in The Miami Herald as one of South Florida's Top-Rated Lawyers to be laughable if it weren't so tragic. First, this is an ad, not editorial. Further, it is written and paid for by Van Ness herself.
My desire to briefly review this deplorable guardian ad litem stems from the horror I have seen her willfully put some fine divorcing families through.
Importantly, while some decidedly brave and loving parents, usually mothers, were under my care, Diane Van Ness virtually dreamweaved her own narratives about them; this without ever contacting me to review the facts. In fact, my name was never mentioned in any of her status reports, often for years. My own reports, which I made all attempts to file with her, were never referred to, appended, quoted or paraphrased by her. My partners on these cases were either not quoted or paraphrased, or were so grossly misquoted that I can only refer to her reports as falsified or perjured.
My diligent work with these parents and children included the therapeutic process as well as administration of tests such as MMPI. It also included thorough histories from prior treating professionals of the parents as well as the children. I repeatedly reported that these parents Diane Van Ness referred to as having "severe personality disorders" had no such disorders.
I am the clinician. Diane Van Ness is no clinician. I will qualify this by stating that I engaged in the therapeutic process with these parents, whom Diane met once or twice briefly, for years at a time.
Diane Van Ness' ad also mentions high conflict cases as stemming from addiction. While it is common for parents of special needs children, or parents that are battered or otherwise struggling, to dabble in addictive processes due to traumatic stimuli by the other parent, I have witnessed Diane Van Ness falsely describe these parents in her reports, to such a degree that I can only call her reports "delusions." Some of the finest parents I work with are those in 12-Step programs, programs which Diane herself is familiar with, and which, ironically, judges admire and weigh heavily in these cases.
It has never been clear to me why Diane goes to such extreme lengths to "punish" these parents, typically mothers, by falsely labelling them as mentally ill and then reporting on them to the court.
While I have never treated Van Ness myself, I can state that people who work in these professions under the guise of helping children, who falsify documents, omit evidence, block due process, and otherwise weave nightmarish quagmires, are themselves suffering from severe personality disorders and utilize their professional arena in order to resolve their own childhood trauma.
I have at times been concerned that Diane Van Ness' bullying of the parents in these cases would eventually lead to bullycide, a tragedy beyond comprehension for the parent and children alike. Indeed, parents and children alike have called me in crisis due to Van Ness, which oftentimes was alarming.
My colleagues and I, until Diane Van Ness was thrown off of these cases, experienced vicious, unrelenting and illegal behaviors.
My recommendation is to never take her reports seriously and to stay as far away from her quagmire as possible.
Not Recommended At All – We do not recommend Diane Van Ness at all.
Diane triple-charges her guardian ad litem fees amongst the ex-wife, ex-husband, and the attorney. If you dare question her, she begins filing a series of false, incriminatory reports about you.
If you continue to not meet her financial demands, she cuts off all contact between parent and child.
If you alert her as to her ethics, she goes to court (always as non-evidentiary) and under oath files a falsified status report. She allows no witnesses or evidence.
Thus far, Diane has eluded sanctions/disbarrment. She nurtures "friendships" with the judges by donating and fundraising toward their campaigns. This, even though she has no law practice. Thus, she maintains complete control of her above actions. Fortunately, the legal community is beginning to be all too aware of Diane's manipulative lifestyle. We ask that you choose any other professional but Diane.
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