Dad in bitter divorce wants mom blocked from contact

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A bitter case of child custody and alleged parental alienation is headed back into Oakland Circuit Court with a request from the father that his ex-wife be ordered not to have contact with her children for 90 days.

The couple’s two sons, now aged 14 and 11, and a daughter, 9, have been ordered to stay with their father, Omer Tsimhoni, for 90 days while being treated by a mental health professional, according to court documents.

A 2011 divorce has grown increasingly bitter between Tsimhoni and his ex-wife, Maya Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, with all three children refusing to talk to or even look at their father earlier this year.

That led Circuit Judge Lisa Gorcyca in June to order the children to Children’s Village. They eventually were sent to a summer camp in July and then to live with their father for 90 days after taking part last month in an intense five-day High Road to Reunification Program.

The children have lived with their mother since the divorce and their father contends his ex-wife has turned them against him. The mother, who is a well-known ophthalmologist, has said she wants the children to have a positive relationship with their father but added she and they fear he may kidnap them and take them to Israel, where he has worked as an engineer for General Motors.

A hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday on the father’s request — filed last week — to block the mother from seeing the children during the 90 days was adjourned without explanation and no new date has been set.

Case court records indicate the father is “apprehensive” his ex-wife will disregard the separation and try to contact the children or visit them at their school — which started up this week.

Such action, the father claims in legal filings, would “result in immediate and irreparable harm” to the father and children’s forward progress in the program.

During this three-month period the mother would not be able to contact the children in person or by phone, email, text, letters, computer, third parties, or by delivery of any objects to the children.

The father also wants the mother to engage in program guidelines that she “shall engage a mental health professional.”

Since the father has had custody of the children since early August he also seeks abatement of child support payments while they are in his sole physical custody.

Gorcyca earlier ordered psychological evaluations for both parents and also the children and set Oct. 5-9 for an evidentiary hearing for arguments on whether the father should not be granted sole custody.


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