Criminals have more legal rights than non-custodial parents. In domestic relations court, many times it is only a referee who hears a case, and many times biased and not, I don’t believe, properly trained in law. Their personal bias as to the “best interest of the child” can be affected by their views for or against religion, etc… and many times liberal bias against Christians, but other types of bias also.
Many parents who haven’t had so much as a traffic ticket are denied visitation because an ex-spouse avers “the children are frightened” of said parent. If a jury of peers were to judge the cases heard in domestic relations courts, they might be instructed to disregard hearsay testimony, and many of the unfair rulings laid down there would not occur.
At the time of my divorce in 2001 I was told that if I took all the bills (with the help of no teletrack loans)… gave her all the equity in the house, and gave her all the contents…that they would be reasonable concerning child support. Meaning that they would agree that my support obligation would cease when the children reached the age of 18. Now my youngest is 19 1/2 and she is taking me back to court for support. Indiana state law says that child support is owed until age 21.
The state and the prosecutor are saying my decree, in the terms of the child support agreement, is illegal. this is after the state, by its representative child support prosecutor, and the judge, and the litigants, and their respective attorneys agreed to this. I feel they have a breach of contract suit on the way……as this is unfair, immoral, and was coercion on their part.
Thanks for a great blog.