Racism: Economic Disparity of the Black Woman

DISCLAIMER. My Husband Is Not Paying Me Spousal Support. The Transcripts Are NOT ACCURATE! If you are investigating please contact me OR read everything! I was a housewive for 12 years. My husband made $180,0000 in 2018


Transcripts are here

I want to first point out, the transcripts are not accurate. The account is close to what occurred, but the order in which things transpired and what exactly was said isn’t 100% accurate.(the transcripts have been manipulated.)

My spousal support hearing was held February 7th, 2019 at Pomona Superior Court of Los Angeles. I was approached by the opposing attorney outside court room. She told me we had to meet and confer outside. She told me she was going to ask to move the supposal support hearing. I said, no. This really rattled me. I have gone 3 months without any earnings. I was so afraid the judge would move the date. I later realized, that was the deceptive attorney’s strategy to put me on edge.  This is the beginning of the discrimination and violation of my rights under The Fourteenth Amendment. This woman, Judge Sarah Heidel was treating me different than other non-black litigants. 

At the onset of the hearing the opposing counsel began to speak. I immediately interrupted because it was my understanding since I was the petitioner, the moving party, I should have gone first. I asked, why does she get to go first. I was worried they would ask to hear the case at a different time. Judge Heidel scolded me, saying,” Excuse me.” I apologized. In the transcript it reads that I apologized at another time during the trial. This isn’t what happened at all. 

Please review the transcripts from Feb 7, 2019. I am anxious and confused. I had no income, and I only wanted what is fair. Please notices how Judge Sarah Heidel gives me a hard time proving my husband’s income. My husband’s attorney submitted the earnings declaration statement. The declaration proved his earning declaration. Why did she go back and forth with me in excess of 25 minutes discussing my husband’s earnings when my husband submitted his W-2 and private practice earnings report?

 Judge Sarah Heidel makes reference to how much I am stating he makes. She is implying that I don’t have proof. She clearly isn’t trying to be fair and impartial. She isn’t even reviewing the evidence that she has before her. As I have stated my husband submitted his W-2. to the court. Judge Sarah Heidel only wanted to torture me, make me answer questions that she already had the answers.

 I am pleading with this woman, that I have no money. My husband was the primary income earner for the past 10 years and left me with nothing. He makes over $15,000 a month.

(Transcripts date Feb 7, 2019  Page 4 line 6-13) 

 I am telling the judge, that I don’t have any income. Because of a bad car accident, I haven’t been able to work. I hadn’t held a job in over 10 years. I started driving Lyft because he left me. I was making below minimum wage. Driving Lyft aggravated my back injury.  

(Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 Page 5 Line 1-5)

The judge says based on the information presented, I don’t find anything supports for the allegations you’re making about the income. But I am going to order___

(Transcripts from Feb. 7, 2019 court date Page 5 Line 6)

Abuse of power, coupled with my husband’s white privilege.  Like they did in the Jim Crow south, She is blatantly ignoring the evidence I presented to her. I had bank statements, check stubs, tax returns, W-2,  Private Practice Income statement and banks statement of his mutual funds. She did not look at one shred of evidence that I presented. She didn’t consider the documents that were also submitted by my husband’s attorney.

Notice the transcript reads “But I am going to order—”  on the transcripts. Then it fades. I don’t recall her saying that. If she did, what was the complete sentence? I am very suspicions of the transcripts.

Going back to page 5 of the transcripts. The last 6 lines really don’t make sense. The transcripts are convoluted. (Transcripts from Feb 7th court date page 5 line 23-38) This is when I tried to show her the evidence, but she never reviewed the evidence. Conveniently there is a break in the transcripts

(Transcripts from Feb 7. Court date page 11, line 10 28) During this time Judge Heidel asked my husband’s attorney to speak to the year to date income. His attorney changed the subject by claiming he will have a forces Furlough Day.  I explained to the court that he is an executive. Forced Furlough days don’t apply to him because he is on salary. Judge Sarah Heidel exact words. (Line 21 of the transcripts) “Ms. Gibson, if you continue to speak about matters that aren’t relevant, I’m going to call this hearing.” (Please count this as weighted evidence of her bias towards me and continued negative comments towards me) I was speaking directly about the matters relevant to the hearing. His income, that fact that he is lying. Judge Heidel bullies me throughout the hearing. Her body language is very oppositional. She used these Jim Crow tactics at every single encounter. It is important to me that those who are reading this post realize this white female judge is blatantly discriminating against me. In the Jim Crow South black people didn’t get a fair trial or hearing. Racist judges would ignore evidence and not abide by what is written in the law. If you are a lawyer or have legal knowledge, suggestions or is able to help in any way. Please please detail comments.

  I am not a lawyer. I am clearly struggling. My husband who makes well over $170.000 annually. I have no income. I am desperately trying to explain to her the situation. She isn’t trying to find out the facts. If she just reviewed the court documents that were submitted by my husband, she can see exactly what he makes a year. I had no income at all. My lights were cut off twice, because I couldn’t pay the bill and prior to him leaving he the bill slow.

The hearing continues. I continue to struggle. I told her that I didn’t anticipate this happening. The self-help and the facilitator told me that the judge only needed the tax records. Everything she needs was right in front of her.  My husband’s attorney points out that his W-2 was filed with the court. But Judge Sarah Heidel continues to make me struggle. 

(Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing Page 8 Line 17

(Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing page 8 Line 25-28) Yes, Ma’am. I’m sorry. I put together —so that— I’m sorry. I don’t know where it shows his income is.

I am totally lost. I put together a presentation to read from because I was strongly with concussion syndrome. When she allowed my husband’s attorney to speak before me and wasn’t even sure if she would hear my case I was at a loss..

(Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing Page 10 Line 16-28)   This is when it is clear that he submitted his w-2 to the court with his income an expense declaration. The judge has exactly what she needs. I have no income. She could have made a reasonable award. She asked us to go outside to meet and confer. My husband’s attorney says we tried that, but I was resistant. This is not true. Nothing like that occurred. His attorney is telling a boldface lie. *This is one of many lies she tells. The judge sides with her and changes her mind about allowing us to meet and confer. Please notice her tone in every interaction.

Please make note. This attorney continues to lie about meeting and conferring. We spoke one time on

Feb 7, 2019 when she asked to move the court date. Please take not in future transcripts where this attorney lies to the court about meeting and conferring. She is a liar, and she lies blatantly because she knows the my husband has the judges ear because he is a white man.

(Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing Page 11 Line 4-11) The court: Ma’am get out your phone and do the calculation please.  Why is she asking me to do the calculations? The information is right at her figure tips. 

She requested that I do the calculation. Why isn’t she doing the calculations. I didn’t realize that I needed the Dissomaster or Xpouse worksheet. When I asked the self-help-facilitator about the Xspouse, she told me they didn’t use it anymore. This isn’t true. My husband’s attorney used Xspouse. But she lied about the numbers. JUDGE SARAH HEIDEL DID NOT VERIFY ANY OF THE FIGURES FROM MY HUSBAND’S XSPOUSE WORKSHEET. I asked the judge if I need the dissomaster. She responded no, but her clerk asked if I had one before the hearing. Notice when I asked the judge, she responds no. The Xpsouse form that my husband submitted was falsified. Judge Sarah Heidel made ZERO attempt to verify the numbers that my husband had entered on the form. All of the information was incorrect.

 I specifically asked the judge to ask him directly. She blatantly ignores me. If she would have asked him. More than likely he would have told her the truth. At every turn, she is bias and siding with him. She does nothing that would imply that she was trying to be fair to me. 

The court uses inaccurate numbers. She adds in health insurance without questioning any of it. They are claiming $1610 for health insurance. These numbers are false. These numbers also include my daughter’s health insurance that should be excluded. The court does nothing to verify any of his information. Judge Sarah Heidel spent 20 minutes making me show how much he makes when she had all the information before her. I submitted my medical records, that showed I was in a car accident. I was suffering from concussion syndrome and whiplash. I had no means of income. I couldn’t pay my utilities bills or buy food. 

(Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing Page 12 Line 18-28)

His attorney lies and says we have been separated since 2017. This is a lie, he moved out Jan 5th, 2018. 

(Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing Page 13 Line 13-14) I asked to speak, she declines saying his attorney is still speaking. This transcripts aren’t 100% accurate, but I want to point out how many times his attorney interrupts me, the court does or says nothing to her. 

I asked how much he was paying his attorney. Judge Heidel responded by saying I couldn’t ask. This information should have been included on the income and expense declaration.  Please notice the trend of her being combative and resistant of every one of my request. (More weighted evidence of her bias towards me because I am black and my husband is white.)

 I explained that my husband is an abusive alcoholic. This is when her demeanor worsened. She acts as if she was offended that I mentioned he was an abusive acholic. According to the Supposal Support Laws Abuse is one of the factors that are considered. 


Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing (Page 17 Line 12-13)

The judge gave me a dirty look yelled at me because I put $6000 on the income report. I was suffering from a concussion. I had the car accident the same week I filed the request for spousal support. I met to put $600 a month. But this isn’t relevant. Now I understand, she is supposed to use current income. I had no income during this time. Also, notice how she goes to look for my Income and Expense report, but she fails to look at my husband’s.

 She uses a figure from our 2017 tax return. Meaning the income I made in 2016. The first time I had worked in over 10 years. Monies I used to pay for our home expenses. I now know that she was supposed to use current income. I had no income. Continued Abuse of Power by Judge Sarah Heidel.

The judge ruled in my husband favor. When she ruled she looked right in my face like. “Yeah Bitch, there is nothing you can do.”

Transcripts from Feb 7, 2019 court hearing Page 19 Line 10-28.P

Please review California Family Code on Supposal Support.

Family Code 4300-4360 states the factors to be considered in ordering support.  
CCP 4320.  

In ordering spousal support under this part, the court shall consider all of the following circumstances: Please note the law says ALL of the circumstances. 

(a) The extent to which the earning capacity of each party is sufficient to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage, taking into account all of the following:( I AM UNABLE TO WORK BECAUSE OF THE CAR ACCIDENT)

            While married I lived a comfortable life for the most part. The utilities bills were paid, I had food. We had leisure activities and went on vacation regularly. After the judge ruled in my husband’s favor my credit score dropped 130 points in 60 days, I had to apply for food stamps. My light were cut off multiple times. Please note that my husband of 25 years earns over $170.000. His salary is published because he is an executive. 

  • The marketable skills of the supported party; the job market for those skills; the time and expenses required for the supported party to acquire the appropriate education or training to develop those skills; and the possible need for retraining or education to acquire other, more marketable skills or employment.

In 2008, I suffered a horrible fall while working for Chase Paymentech. Progressively my back injury worsened. It was so bad, I couldn’t walk. I had surgery in 2016. I submitted my medical records. I also submitted multiple email records where I begged employers for a job. When I told judge Heidel, about how I looked for a job, she gave me a dirty look. This part of my testimony isn’t even in the transcripts. 

  • The extent to which the supported party’s present or future earning capacity is impaired by periods of unemployment that were incurred during the marriage to permit the supported party to devote time to domestic duties.

Because of my back injury, and my husband appreciates me being home with my daughter. We agreed that I would be a housewife. Again, this isn’t something Judge Heidel addressed. 

     (b) The extent to which the supported party contributed to the attainment of an education, training, a career position, or a license by the supporting party.

            Prior to my back injury, while employed in corporate America. I contributed to the household for the first 7 years of our marriage while my husband was preparing to become licensed. I helped him study for his LCSW licensed. Study the DSM-IV is how I gained personal knowledge of mental health and social issues.

(c) The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support, taking into account the supporting party’s earning capacity, earned and unearned income, assets, and standard of living.

It’s clear judge Heidel didn’t fairly consider that I had no income. According to Business Insider publication on 18% of California residence make over $150,000.

(d) The needs of each party based on the standard of living established during the marriage.

         Judge Heidel left me with no income at all. My monthly household obligation was in excess of $4000 a month. She gave me nothing. But my husband has over $15,000 a month to live on. 

(e) The obligations and assets, including the separate property, of each party.

 We incurred a large amount of debt over the course of the marriage. Much of it in my name because towards the end of the marriage he wouldn’t give me enough money to pay the bills I had to put the bills on credit cards. If I asked for money he would verbally attack me, and be nasty to me for days on end. This behavior pushed me into a depression I was afraid to ask him for money to pay the light bill or if we had other expenses. The judge didn’t consider even distribution of the debt.

(f) The duration of the marriage.

            We had a marriage in excess of 10 years. Which is considered a long term marriage. The judge didn’t consider any of these factors. SHE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HOW LONG WE WERE MARRIED.

(h) The age and health of the parties. I am a 51 year old woman which mental and physical health challenges. I submitted my medical records. The judge didn’t even review them. If the court reporter reports the accurate testimony you will hear me multiple times to review my medical records that I submitted to the court. 

  • All documented evidence of any history of domestic violence, as defined in Section 6211, between the parties or perpetrated by either party against either party’s child, including, but not limited to, consideration of:

I told the court that my husband was an abusive alcoholic. This is when she became extremely nasty. The opposing attorney yelled your honor. I told the court, he’s been to AA a couple of times. She didn’t address the issue. She looked at the supposal support calculator look me right in my eyes and ordered in favor of my husband. She was being vindictive. I know the black bailiff saw what she did to me.

  • Emotional distress resulting from domestic violence perpetrated against the supported party by the supporting party.

I was in an abusive relationship. I submitted documentation of the history  of my husband’s mental abuse, where my husband apologized for his behavior early on in our relationship via letters. Most recently I have cards of him apologizingI started seeing a therapist in 2013 because I was severely depressed.

  • Any history of violence against the supporting party by the supported party. 

My husband has attack me on multiple occasions. Many years ago he was drunk and he attacked me. I had to get a knife to prevent him from assaulting me. He was drunk and he grabbed the knife and severly cut his hand. The police were called to the home. I would never report my husband because such charges would affect his job security. I would also like to mention when the police came, my husband was drunk and belligerent toward the officers. Had he been a black man, they would have taken him to jail that night.

Once I was upstairs in our home, he was returned home drunk from a golf game. We got into a verbal argument. I was upstairs, he was downstairs. My girlfriend Desiree was upstair. He didn’t know she was there. He ran upstairs threw me against the wall and began choking me. Desiree came out of the bathroom. He didn’t know she was upstairs. My girlfriend was shocked. I never let anyone know that my husband was physically abusive. 

(k) The balance of the hardships to each party.

      I had no income. I haven’t’ had a job in over 10 years. My husband again was the primary supporting party. The judge left me practically destitute.

 The goal that the supported shall be self-supporting within a reasonable period of time. Except in the case of a marriage of long duration as described in Section 4336, a “reasonable period of time” for purposes of this section generally shall be one-half the length of the marriage. However, nothing in this section is intended to limit the court’s discretion to order support for a greater or lesser length of time, based on any of the other factors listed in this section, Section 4336, and the circumstances of the parties.

When reviewing the court transcripts there is zero mention of these legal requirements when order spousal support. How was Judge Sarah Heidel able to make a judgement without following what the law says?

I would like to give a clear example of Judge Heidel showing bias. Towards the end of the Feb 7, 2019 court hearing, the opposing counsel asked could she advance her March 13th court date to the March 14th court date. Judge Heidel asked if I agreed, I declined. The judge laughed because I said no. Then I receive a notice in the mail that the court date was moved to March 14th. I didn’t understand what happened. I went online to look at the court docket. There was no record of the original court date March 13th court date. I went to the clerk to ask what happened to the March 13th court date. She responded that she didn’t know what happened. This additional evidence that Judge Sarah Heidel is ruling in my white husband’s favor because I am black woman and he is a white man. She is allowing him to benefit from his white privilege.

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