Quote of the Day - Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes, they forgive them.
Although MIPTC doesn't practice family law, every once in awhile a case comes along that takes my breath away. Kristin and David, a.k.a. Mom and Dad but not Mr. and Mrs., tried to allow Dad to divorce Seth, their child.
They stipulated in Court to the "divorce," if you can call it that, in return for David's one-time payment of $6,500, or up to $9,000 by wage garnishment if the first amount wasn't paid timely to Kristin.
What is more shocking, however, is that the ruse got by the trial judge, whose name (thankfully) is not in the opinion. What's almost just as shocking to someone who doesn't practice family law is that it takes a statute to define who are a child's parents: Section 7601 of the Uniform Parentage Act defines “parent and child relationship” as “the legal relationship existing between a child and the child’s natural or adoptive parents incident to which the law confers or imposes rights, privileges, duties, and obligations. The term includes the mother and child relationship and the father and child relationship.”
Excuse me, but I thought what it took to qualify as a parent was fairly obvious, at least to two it took to get into that position (no pun intended).