Bring Evie Home. by Ashlie Beal-Ewen – GoFundMe

There are so many stories like this.  So much pain – carrying forward from one generation to the next.  We call ourselves a modern civilized society based on laws and concepts of universal justice, yet time and again we see the laws allow such obvious injustice.  We are not a civilized society, we are an insane society.

If anyone seeing this now is able to assist this father and family, it is a start in the battle against the forces that create this kind of world.

In January Christian walked in the door of the home he shared with his fiance to find her packing. She told him that she’d met someone else; they’d gotten married just a few days before and she was taking Christian’s daughter, Evie to live with her new husband in Virginia. At that moment, she and Christian were still living together; in fact the day she married another man Christian brought her flowers. He wasn’t able to file an injuction quickly enough to keep the mother of his child from leaving their home in the state of Colorado, so within days she was gone with his two year old daughter, leaving no forwarding address: just a stunned and heartbroken father. Christian and his daughter found themselves in a situation seemingly ripped from a daytime talk show.

I’m Christian’s sister. I worked with our family & friends to create this page for my brother and my niece, who I dearly love. Our family is providing all the financial and emotional support we can but the necessary legal fees are quickly surpassing our means. We’d like to offer thank-you’s for the financial help provided with “rewards”. Please let me know if you have ANY questions by emailing BringEvieHome@gmail.com.

via Bring Evie Home. by Ashlie Beal-Ewen – GoFundMe.

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Perpetual Child Support

I suspect that what we see in this story in which a father is forced to pay child support for two children even though they are both adults because the Canadian order didn’t specify an end date for the order to pay is a failure of the attorneys and the judges in the Canadian case.  Anyone looking at this has to see what a farce it all is.  This is the way people in these degenerate times write laws.  Basically, the idiots and imbeciles are in charge of the snake pit we call civilized and law abiding society.

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When Michael Haraldson got the letter last year that he still needed to pay child support, he couldn’t believe it.

Both of Haraldson’s children are in their 20s. South Dakota’s child support laws only require child support payments up to age 18 in most cases, and 19 in one other instance.

But Haraldson, born and raised in South Dakota, was living in Canada at the time of his divorce. There, child support laws can go on indefinitely, unless he hires a lawyer and fights.

“I was told it was going to be $20,000 to $30,000 to litigate, and I’d have a 50-50 chance,” Haraldson said by phone from Pierre. “I just went, ‘Oh, my God.’”

Haraldson, a 52-year-old computer support specialist who lives in Pierre, has an administrative hearing with the state scheduled for Monday to protest the payments. But given the nature of state and federal laws, he may not have much luck.

Enforcing the law

Haraldson followed his ex-wife up to The Pas, a town in Manitoba, for eight years. It was a move for her career, but things didn’t work out. Life brought Haraldson back to South Dakota for the past 19 years.

His 20-year-old daughter, Fern, still lives there with her mother Trudy, Haraldson’s ex-wife.

Through the time, he says he’s paid $300 a month in child support. His 22-year-old son Joseph, is attending graduate school in Ontario for a master’s degree in math and computer science.

Haraldson says he made every child support payment on time, between 1997 and December 2012. But he didn’t realize that Canada’s child support laws do not end, and that he still owed money. That changed when a letter arrived in early October from the state Department of Social Services stating he owed at least $2,700.

He came up with the money in 10 days, but Haraldson said that by then his credit had been damaged by the enforcement action.

A representative of the Department of Social Services says the department is just following the law. Continue Reading »

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Convict must still pay support for dead child | Local – Home

We have become a very petty and mean society.  This judgement is really something else.

The Indiana Court of Appeals says a Muncie man serving a 60-year sentence for murder must pay child support for his dead daughter.

The court has upheld a Delaware Circuit Court ruling that 47-year-old David Shane must keep paying more than half his prison laundry wages to make up for child support he owed before his 18-year-old daughter Ashlie died in a 2006 house fire in Kentucky.

Shane works about 37 hours a week for 95 cents an hour at the Pendleton Correctional Facility.

The appeals court recently ruled that Shane missed a deadline to appeal a judge’s ruling ordering him to pay the undisclosed amount of back child support.

Shane and another man were convicted in 1997 of murder and feticide in the slaying of the other man’s girlfriend.

via Convict must still pay support for dead child | Local – Home.

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Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge’s Permission Before Having Sex In Own Home | ThinkProgress

As ludicrous as this sounds, there are many fathers who would probably support such a law.  The reason is that there are millions of fathers who have been forced by the courts to make house payments, car payments and other debt payments, on top of having joint accounts frozen or closed, their paycheck garnished, such that they are impoverished, living in mom’s basement, or sometimes even in their car – and then, on top of that, these same fathers must attend anger management classes, parenting classes, under go drug testing, etc., just to get supervised visitation with their own children.  Then to top it all off, the mother moves her boyfriend into the house.  A complete stranger who is having sex with the mother in the house that the father continues to pay for, etc…..

Yes, this proposed law is ludicrous.  However, it is no more ludicrous than is the scenario outlined above, which, unfortunately, is not uncommon.

There’s nothing that sets the mood for a romantic evening like petitioning a judge for permission to have sex at the end of the night.

If Massachusetts State Sen. Richard J. Ross (R) gets his way, that’s exactly what many women (and men) would have to do if they have children and are going through a divorce. In fact, not only would permission-less coitus be banned, but so too would the romantic evening and many dating activities.

Ross’ bill seeks to amend Massachusetts divorce law with the following provision (emphasis added):

In divorce, separation, or 209A proceedings involving children and a marital home, the party remaining in the home shall not conduct a dating or sexual relationship within the home until a divorce is final and all financial and custody issues are resolved, unless the express permission is granted by the courts.

The legislation, S787, was first filed in early 2013. On Thursday, it received an extension for consideration in the State House until June 30. In its current state, the bill does not specify what the penalty is for pre-divorce copulation.

Massachusetts law currently mandates a waiting period of at least 120 days for divorces to become finalized, and that’s only after a judge has approved the separation agreement. In other words, it could take at least four months, if not longer, before a person getting a divorce is legally allowed to fornicate.

Ross, who serves as Minority Whip, took over former Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-MA) state Senate seat in 2010.

UPDATE

Ross’ staff told ThinkProgress that the senator is “not in support” of the bill. It was filed on behalf of a constituent, Robert LeClair, as a courtesy to him. Massachusetts law allows legislators to put forth a citizen’s piece of legislation, as Ross did in this case, though there is no requirement that they do so.

via Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge’s Permission Before Having Sex In Own Home | ThinkProgress.

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Repeat child support offenders face more jail time | WISHTV.com

More draconian measures will only increase the police state. This amounts to a state imposed religion – the religion of conformity to the current power structure.  “Do as we say, or else…”

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Repeat offenders who don’t pay child support will face greater penalties in Indiana.

Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation this week to make repeated criminal nonsupport of a child punishable by two to eight years in prison.

Previous law only allowed such sentences for those owing more than $15,000 in back child support.

Other changes give judges more flexibility in lowering sentences if offenders pay their overdue support and serve probation. A lesser sentence also means judges have the option to clear offenders’ records.

Attorneys who specialize in family law say keeping a felony charge off someone’s record could help offenders find jobs and ultimately provide reliable support for their children.

via Repeat child support offenders face more jail time | WISHTV.com.

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Inside Track: Time to speak up for the rights of fathers | Herald Scotland

In Britain, fathers face the same challenges that they do in America as well as in Canada.  Something has gone extremely wrong since the advent of no-fault divorce.  Fathers are treated as a threat by many who currently have power in the area of family law and family courts, as well as the immense industry of specialists (sometimes called the “whores of the court”) that has arisen around divorce, child support and custody matters.  Coming out of court, many fathers are profoundly shaken when they discover they are nothing but a paycheck.  Their manhood, their father hood, all of it comes down to nothing more than money.  What a world we live in.

John Forsyth, of Families Need Fathers (FNF) Scotland, says: “We often hear [them saying]: ‘I felt I was assumed to be guilty of something, but the stronger I argued my case to carry on being the father to my kids, the more I could see suspicion in their eyes.’”

Fathers talk about the court process being profoundly shocking, feeling as if they are on trial and can only have contact if they can prove their worth.

via Inside Track: Time to speak up for the rights of fathers | Herald Scotland.

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Secret list: Having your name on this secret Michigan list of 275,000 people could cost you your job

Wow.  There are actually people in the world that think this is a good thing.  There are over 275,000 people on this list.  That means that about 1 out of 40 persons in Michigan are on this list.  It, quite frankly, surprises even me.  It is like there is some kind of evil in the world.  A grand-child complains of spanking, cps investigates, and finds no abuse, but the grandmother is on the list for life. Even though the report specifically said that it didn’t warrant going on the list, yet there she is.  This is a very serious revelation.  It should be interesting to see where this person’s suit ends up.

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) – It’s a secret list that can cost you your family or your job.  Once you’re on it, it can be very hard to get off.   While some changes are being made to the law, many experts say it doesn’t go far enough.

The state maintains something called the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry and the sole power to label you an abuser lies not with a judge or a jury, but with child protective services workers.

And you may be surprised at how the state can define “abuse.”

Anita Belle says she’s never been convicted of a crime.  But Belle’s name has been put on the Central Registry as a child abuser.

“Where is the due process,” asked Belle.

The Central Registry is maintained by Child Protective Services workers inside Michigan’s Department of Human Services, or DHS.

Right now, there are about 275,000 people on that secret list and many of them don’t even realize they are on it.  You don’t have to be found guilty in court to be put on the registry.  All it takes is the word of CPS staffers to label you an abuser, which can prevent you from getting certain jobs or doing volunteer work.

“A sex offender gets to be convicted beyond a reasonable doubt, and then they’re placed on the sex offender registry, but parents and grandparents and teachers — for goodness sake, a child could just make up something,” Belle told 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo.

It was Anita Belle’s granddaughter who accused her and other relatives of spanking.  And Belle’s case shows just how inconsistent the rules to get on the list can be:  her CPS investigative report recommends Belle NOT be labeled an abuser.

“In your CPS report they say you should not be put on the central registry,” asked Catallo
“That’s correct,” said Belle.
“So how did you get put on the registry,” asked Catallo.
“I don’t know,” said Belle.

As the law stands now, once you’re on the registry — you’re on for life.  You can ask for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge to be taken off the list, although that’s not easy to do.

But the law is changing in September.  The new law will limit your time on the registry to 10 years, unless you were put on the list for criminal sexual conduct, battery, life threatening injuries, abandonment, or exposing a child to methamphetamine production.

But those labels are not always what they seem:  the 7 Investigators have documented many cases of parents being accused of abandonment or neglect when they were simply trying to get help for the children from the state.

“The current reforms don’t go far enough,” said attorney Elizabeth Warner, who is suing the Governor, DHS and other state officials because she says the secret list is unconstitutional.

“You should be given an opportunity before the harm happens, to get a fair hearing,” said Warner.

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/secret-list-having-your-name-on-this-secret-michigan-list-of-275000-people-could-cost-you-your-job

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These 10 People Went To Extreme Measures To Get Revenge After A Divorce. OUCHHHH.

Going through a divorce is a difficult time for anyone. It can bring out the worst in otherwise kind and generous people. Being so full of hurt isn’t good for anyone, which is why these 10 couples going through a divorce decided to do something about it. They got revenge. It was totally weird, but totally awesome. Passive aggression is for the birds.

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Push to change custody laws: What’s best for kids? | 89.3 KPCC

The problem is that it is often the offending parent… the one who really wants to hurt the other, who can change everything by just a few carefully worded statements that invoke the domestic violence statutes.  Once you have run afoul of that, you are screwed.  It is an unholy situation brought about by some really man hating people over the last 25 years.

Fathers today spend more time than ever with their kids, experiencing just as much stress as women in balancing work and family, if not more. But when couples divorce and a custody dispute hits the courts, too many judges award custody to mom, according fathers’ rights groups.

Ned Holstein, head of the National Parents Organization, formerly called Fathers and Families, says research shows that children do better academically and emotionally when they see a lot of each parent.

“We believe family courts are actively hurting kids,” by not awarding joint custody more often, says Holstein. The best legislation, he says, favors joint custody, so long as both parents are fit and there’s been no domestic violence.

via Push to change custody laws: What’s best for kids? | 89.3 KPCC.

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Are Mothers Using Utah Law For Legal Kidnapping of Fathers’ Rights to Babies? – Cleveland Conservative | Examiner.com

If you are a father you will not ever want to experience what many fathers in Utah are experiencing by having their parental rights stripped away by a law that give mothers the right to legally kidnap your baby. According to Fox News, the state law “allows mothers to put their babies up for adoption without the biological father’s consent, or sometimes even knowledge.”

Now at least a dozen men are standing up for their fatherhood rights and taking the state of Utah to federal court in a concerted effort to regain their parental rights. The fathers contend in their lawsuit that the state’s Utah Adoption Act is nothing more than “legalized fraud and kidnapping.”

via Are Mothers Using Utah Law For Legal Kidnapping of Fathers’ Rights to Babies? – Cleveland Conservative | Examiner.com.

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