Every litigant that has had the considerable misfortune of experiencing Judge Wells of the Riverside Superior Court has opined a collective “OI VEY”.
Judge Wells presented a speech at the recently held domestic violence summit in Riverside which was covered by the Press Enterprise and discussed monkey wrenches in the system. The article can be accessed here: http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-public-safety-headlines/20121204-riverside-domestic-violence-summit-aims-at-options-safety.ece
Judge Wells has played a revolving hopscotch with domestic violence restraining orders refusing to grant them when there is evidence of domestic abuse and then granting them preferentially based on the attorney who is presenting them with the exact same circumstances that he has denied others on.
In other cases he grants domestic violence restraining orders but doesn’t allow the person who is the subject of the restraining order to move out of the household. One such circumstance was presented at a hearing on 4/42013. The mother in that case had asked plaintively when the Court would request the father to move out since Judge Wells had mentioned that the father could not move during a restraining order. That particular hearing that was on calender on 4/4/2013 was for spousal and child support. Now DV orders do allow for temporary support orders to be made, but since Judge Wells does not believe in divorce no matter what the circumstances are, it follows he does not believe in allowing the DV perp to move out of the house.
Judge Wells in this instance asked how long it would take for the father to move out and conditioned his spousal and child support order upon the date of move out.