What is your stance on equal constitutional parental rights for all parents and any needed reforms to the family law system to ensure them?
There is a fundamental liberty right guaranteed to both parents by the 14th Amendment. This is the right to the care, custody, and nurture of their children. According to the Supreme Court of the United States: Absent a Compelling State Interest of harm or potential harm to the child, the State may not intervene in the privacy of family life. Overall, research studies show that children of joint custodians are better adjusted than children of sole custodians on each of the following measures: general adjustment; family relations; self-esteem; emotional adjustment; behavioral adjustment; and divorce-specific adjustment. Another benefit of Joint Physical Custody is that it improves child support compliance. Researchers have found a positive correlation between the frequency of a parents contact with a child and the payment of child support.
Do you support constitutional parental rights for all?The Blog was formed to give PARENT‘S an outlet for support and to share their stories. These are not “PARENTS” who are out to avoid financial obligations or to ignore their children.
These are PARENTS who are heart-sick, worried, scared and frustrated by not being able to spend time with their children. These are PARENTS who are fighting desperately for normal every day contact with their children.
Fatherlessness is associated with almost every societal ill facing our country’s children.
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The CRC has prepared these tips in an effort to make your day in court a productive one. Attorneys founded the CRC and continue to advise on the Board of Trustees. Here they share years of gained wisdom with you. These tips will help your case, but of course they cannot apply to every situation you’ll encounter. Please also refer to their disclaimer.
- If you have an attorney, let your counsel speak. Unless directed otherwise, the Judge does not want to hear all the reasons why you think you’re right and the other party is not.
- If asked to speak in court, address the Judge as “Your Honor”. Regardless of your personal opinion, the Judge has earned the title and respect to wear the robe of his office to decide your case.
- Take control of any hostility or other negative emotions when you enter the courtroom and always be respectful of the Judge and his Court. It will not help your case to respond in any other manner, and could lead you to be found in contempt along with the unpleasantness that accompanies such a ruling.
- Unless responding to a direct question when giving testimony, do not speak or make any comments to the other party or their counsel when you are in the courtroom.
- Do not dramatize reactions to what anyone may say in Court by making facial or body gestures.
- Dress appropriately. Consult your attorney if a certain strategy will be exercised on how you should be portrayed. Otherwise, “dress for success”. It will demonstrate a respect for the Judge and a serious appreciation for the purpose of the law.
- Exercise that motto: “Be prepared”. Bring as much information, documentation and any pertinent documents that you possibly can with you; and make sure it is organized. It is better to have too much supporting information than get caught short and unable to substantiate a part of your claim.
- Take notes. Your attorney will be very busy during the process and cannot remember everything said or immediately write it down. This is your case, don’t leave anything to chance.
- Unless the Court or your attorney has instructed you differently, do not bring your children into the courtroom. This is your dispute, not your children’s. They love you both and should not have to hear all the gory details of what goes on in the courtroom.
- Do not bring electronic devices to Court, and be sure to turn off your cellular phone before entering the courtroom.
- Most courts will allow reading materials so do bring a book, crossword puzzle, magazine or other quiet items to occupy your time since it may be a long wait before your case is heard.
Judges are Human
We only support organizations who show an understanding that children need both parents, and that either parent is equally capable of the choice to perpetrate hate or declare peace.