Ms. Guzman was removed from an Indio family law case by her supervisor Lisa Morris. Any parent may file a complaint against a mediator which needs to be addressed within 30 days.
The guidelines and ethics related to mediation are governed by California rules of Court 5.210 (http://www.courts.ca.gov/cms/rules/index.cfm?title=five&linkid=rule5_210) and the complaint specified that Ms. Guzman failed to adhere to any of the ethical guidelines mandated by rules of court and the best interest of the child standard. Indeed Ms. Guzman did not know the difference between the time period associated with sole physical and joint physical custody, failed to allow the mother ANY holiday time except for a few isolated hours during Christmas, failed to mention domestic abuse and wanted to allow the father to appoint a SUPERVISOR to supervise the mother for no reason. Secondly Ms. Guzman’s recommendation was in direct conflict with the existing permanent restraining order with full stay away orders and personal conduct orders against the father which was listed at the top of the page of the so-called mediation report.
The Riverside Superior court allows parents to file complaints against their mediators and has made a helpful form available for that privilege. The optional form is available here: http://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/localfrms/ri-fl015.pdf
The Assistant Deputy Executive Officer of Mediation Services will review all complaints, speak to appropriate staff as necessary, and provide a written response within 30 days in accordance with the Riverside Superior Court’s Local Rule 5155.