PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Plankinton farmer is not entitled to custody of his son because he failed to pay the full amount of child support he owed for several years while the boy was living with his mother, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday.Yes, it is all about money. The court likes to say that it rules based on the Best Interest Of The Child (BIOTCH), but that can be overridden by squeezing someone for money.
The high court’s 3-2 ruling overturned the decision of a circuit judge who had given Michael W. Schroeder primary custody of his 5-year-old son, Thomas.
The Supreme Court majority said Circuit Judge Timothy Bjorkman erred when he found it would be in the child’s best interests to live with his father.
Monday, January 19, 2009
It is all about money
The South Dakota court ruled: