Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Reason for custody change

A reader asks whether my Nov. 2004 temporary custody order was based on a custody evaluator recommendation.

I don't know. The judge (Kelsay) did have such a recommendation in hand, but he did not say that he was relying on it. Instead, he gave other reasons and did not connect his order to any allegations or opinions in the evaluator report. The evaluator recommended a 2-weekend-a-month visitation schedule. Judge Kelsay ordered such a schedule. Family court judges all over the country commonly order such schedules. I don’t know why they do it. I just know what they say. I am be pretty sure that it was not based on the best interest of the child because he didn’t even identify any interests of the children. I can only assume that if Judge Kelsay had a sound reason for what he did, then he would have said so. He did not.

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