Family Court Judge Suspended

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jul 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Family Court judge in PA should be objective and impartial at all times. This is the only way to ensure that both parties in a child custody case get the fair hearing they're entitled to. However, the recent suspension of a PA judge for improper conduct raises significant questions about what happens when a judge fails to stay impartial, and how their attitude can derail your child custody efforts.

The Case Against Judge Younge

On June 2, 2021, Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge was suspended for six months, barred from serving in Family Court, and ordered to serve the rest of her tenure on probation until 2026.

The reason for the disciplinary action? “Repeated, clearly improper conduct” in Family Court, including:

  • throwing individuals in jail without any legal justification
  • keeping children separated from their parents for over a year, or longer, without cause
  • handcuffing parents in the courtroom without justification
  • belittling and insulting those who appeared before her

As noted by the Court of Judicial Discipline, Judge Younge's behavior was extensive and inexcusable, and it brings the judiciary into disrepute. While she's been ordered to write letters of apology to the parties she's wronged, this can't make up for the distress and harm she's brought upon so many families during an already stressful time in their lives.

How an Impartial Judge Can Damage Your Custody Case

While Judge Younge's case is exceptional, it goes to show how problematic an impartial judge can be, and the negative impact they can have on your custody case.

A judge must make an objective decision based solely on the evidence before them. And in Family Court, they must uphold what's in the best interests of the child at all times. However, if they allow personal opinions to affect their judgment, they deny you the right to a fair hearing under the law, and they're failing to consider what's right for your child.

In extreme cases, an impartial judge may result in one party losing custody of a child, which has devastating consequences for the whole family. Even in less severe cases, a biased judge could force parties into unfair custody and visitation agreements which cause unnecessary stress for the children involved.

Let LLF Law Firm Fight Your Corner

Judges are only human like the rest of us, and sometimes, they let their personal biases cloud their judgment. But with a skilled and dedicated attorney like the attorneys at LLF Law Firm on your side, there's no need to worry about judicial bias – we will fight your corner all the way and ensure you get the fair hearing you deserve.

If you need help with child custody in PA, call the LLF Law Firm today on 888-535-3686 or send us a message online.

About the Author

Joseph Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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