So, on Nov. 29, I thought that Judge Kelly Wall would make an actual decision especially considering that the school year is well under way. It would not be so. She gave a flimsy excuse that she didn’t know that the hearing was to determine a new custody order, even though I had written her a letter requesting a new date upon my release, per her instructions.
She continued the insanity be declaring that she would not hold a hearing to decide custody for the school year until March 5, 2012. So in a nutshell, me and my daughter suffer because of her incompetence. How’s that for efficiency and fairness to the proactive parent who filed during last school year to prepare for the current year.
What I have learned in my decade of parenting is that a mother’s emergency and a father’s emergency are handled much differently. I am sure that many other dads can relate to getting railroaded in such a manner.
With this kind of system in place, on both the custody and child-support side, it should be no wonder to anyone why fathers throw up their hands and walk away. Everyone has a breaking point and unfortunately for the children named in black and white on so many court documents, many judges do not seem to care.
I have been through hell in the last 10 years. Those nearest to me have seen the insanity up close and personal. Imagine having the police called on you twice at your child’s school for picking her up an hour earlier than what a custody agreement states. (The first time was during a mandatory citywide early dismissal due to excessive heat in 2008.)
I have been a constant presence in my daughter’s life since she made her entrance into this world. When folks see me out and about, my daughter is often right at my side. I have never viewed Skye as a burden or a bill. She is simply the best thing that ever happened to me.
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