Judge Unger was often unhinged in court. She used the courtroom to yell, belittle, and humiliate A.N. Leaders of the mother’s large church were present at the hearing and couldn’t believe a judge was allowed to blatantly disrespect and mistreatment a litigant, especially a survivor of extreme domestic violence.
Judge Cynda Riggins-Unger was extremely biased against Mother and had a predilection for Father. She even commented in open court that she would love to vacation in father’s home country.
After only three (3) supervised visits, Judge Unger gave father 50/50 custody of the child. Father promptly started abusing the child. He neglected the child’s medical needs and the child had to be taken to the emergency room.
Even though there was a substantiated CPS report of abuse or neglect, illegal drug use, a violent criminal history, and restraining orders in place, Unger granted father 50/50 custody of the one (1) year old child.
Judge Unger admonished mother for attempting to protect the baby. No matter what father did, Judge Unger refused to suspend visitation. She also would not issue a restraining order beyond 30 days. Ultimately mother had to go to criminal court for a protective order to protect the baby. Father going to jail was the only way visitation was ultimately suspended.
The father had a history of domestic violence, assault, and child abuse. Mother had a prior domestic violence restraining order against father. His violent tirades had forced E.L. and the child into a shelter for protection against his domestic violence.
Judge Unger did not read mother’s declaration detailing the abuse and kidnapping. She did not listen to mother’s petition to the court to keep the child safe. This judge also disregarded a police officer who was willing to testify as an expert witness in the case. Although the father was in contempt for violating the current court order, Judge Unger punished the mother for attempting to enforce the court order. In a stunning move, Judge Unger removed the son from mother’s care and transferred all custody to the abusive father. To date, Judge Unger has never offered a legal basis for the dramatic change of custody.
The uncle had been accused of being sexually inappropriate towards the female child and showing her “soft porn” and other magazines/videos containing nudity. Mother was seeking to have a stay-away order against the uncle as father would leave the child alone with the uncle. Judge Unger actively defended the uncle and threatened Mother.
On one occasion, the young girl became frightened and ran away at 3 am. She was returned to Mother by law enforcement who urged her to get a restraining order. Mother got the restraining order in Alameda County where she lives. When Mother returned to court in Solano County, Judge Unger promptly canceled the restraining order, gave father shared custody and threated Mother with a loss of all custody.
At a subsequent hearing, Judge Unger disparaged the Mother and vigorously defended the Uncle. The uncle continued to abuse the little girl and two months later, the Uncle was arrested for abuse to the child, was found guilty and remains in jail to this day.
Judge Unger ordered Mother to get Father an unlimited pass to the military base or lose custody of their child. Since Mother had no ability to issue military base passes, Unger punished her with a loss of custody. Father was on the D.O.D child abuse data system, had a D.U.I. and was arrested while child was present. Judge Unger did not care
When the matter was brought back up to Judge Unger, she insulted the Mother calling her an alcoholic and refused to listen to her side. Because Judge Unger refused to act in the best interest of the child, Father neglected the child for years and the child was exposed to Father’s drug abuse.
For 8 months, Father would not allow Mother to speak to her son. The police and CPS were contacted about the physical altercations between the father and child, the child failing in school and the bruising on the child. When Mother went back to court regarding these issues, Judge Unger threatened Mother and told her not to come back to court. Although the child continues to be abused, Mother is afraid to go back to court.
Mother was ultimately able to get Judge Unger recused because Judge Unger’s husband had previously done work for her husband. Judge Unger’s bias, hostility and disregard for due process left wife without access to her life’s work and homeless.
The Judge took away my first right of refusal and Constitutional rights to be a parent. I’ve had cancer 3 times, 5 diagnoses, am currently in remission and on disability. Time with my child cannot be replaced.
I was married a second time and this BIASED Judge handled both my cases. My second husband was arrested twice in 2015 and is being charged in criminal court with felony stalking and gun charges.
The second husband was in default throughout the divorce. He never submitted a response, never showed up to court, never exposed his financials, and was successful in getting out of paying spousal support by using these tactics in Judge Unger’s courtroom. Now, 4 years after he moved to WA State, Judge Unger is allowing him to harass me financially. Although he earns up to $150,000 per year and I’m on disability, he is coming after equity in my home, demanding 1/2 of my disability back pay, demanding I pay half of his income tax debt, half of his credit card debt and is making false claims over property that I have proved belonged to me before marriage. Judge Unger denied me spousal support, allowed him to reopen the case, and set aside the default judgement. I face the possibility of losing my home if I cannot pay him what she orders me to pay.
This judge has 3- petitions against her in Solano County: 2014, 2015 and 2016. She and her husband have been accused of racketeering. She routinely takes children away from good mothers and places them in abusive, violent homes.