Sounds nice, doesn't it? That sentence is from the MCL's-Michigan Compiled Law 722.23, which defines the "best Interests of the child" criteria, and is factor "a". The twelve factors are what Michigan judges currently use, in a child custody case, to decide which parent will be the custodial and which will be the non-custodial.
Why am I writing about this?
This was one of two factors I "lost" to my ex-wife in our child custody fight five years ago, when our county circuit court judge annointed her to be the best, and fit, parent to raise our only two children. More on that yet to come.
A few days ago, my daughters participated in their elementary school's spring musical-the first for my first-grader, complete with butterflies and all. My third-grader, now a veteran at these, took it all in stride.
About 500 folks were in the audience-proud parents, adoring grandparents, siblings, and others. Quite a task for the youngsters to go out in front of, and sing for. First, the first and second graders took the stage, and following their twenty minute performance, the third, fourth and fifth graders had the stage for their 25 minutes. After the performance, I went to the school's gymnasium to collect my two girls, where I gave both of them a big hug, a kiss on the cheek, and told them how proud I was of them.
We then went outside, where their mom was waiting for them. The musical occurred on one of my "parenting time" evenings, the time of which ended during the performance. Not only did she make no effort to go to the gymnasium and collect them, her only comment to them was, "I guess you did all right". No hug. No kiss. No statement to our daughters of how proud she was of them. Their maternal grandmother, who always tags along for everything, said and did absolutely nothing.
My point here is this. Re-read the title to this post-factor "a" of the Michigan law concerning the "best interests of the child" factor. You try to figure out why ANY impartial and non-biased judge would award that factor to a mom who acts this way towards her children. No loving and fit parent tells her children "I guess you did all right" after a school performance, do they?
We''ll get much deeper into the facts of how this all works. FOR THE COURTS, and AGAINST THE FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN.
A Father of Two.
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