I saw my niece set up as pawn. Her mother admitted this to me in so many words years later. My niece remembers the woman who put words in her mouth. I remember my in law telling me about a warning from the mother, before it all.
It was a kind of hell;
she was so sorry once on the phone (that day).
Later, I was the last of us to talk with her before her death, she called me, wailing.
Years before -
I was in the courtroom for a bit, before we were ushered out as not being immediate family. (wtf?, who else was there when her mother took off for six months, twice?)
She connected to me, since I came over and said hello to her before the court convened.
I'll always remember that room. A female judge, a female appointed attorney for the mother, a female appointed for my four year old niece, and a divorce attorney, out of his league, hired by her father.
I'm something of a feminist but that room had rays going at the dad when the women entered.
He did nothing wrong, or at least nothing any of us would think of as wrong (I had a long talk with the key psychiatrist who was apparently glad to get my take as it fitted with his, and for some reason he couldn't countermand the recommendations which involved many thousands of dollars. He died after that.
I'll stipulate there can be bias, I've lived it.
Now then, I don't know re this particular case.