Saturday, October 02, 2010

Sibling visitation

The New Jersey high court has ruled that family courts can make visitation orders so that one sibling can visit another against the wishes of the parents.

The trouble with this sort of opinion is that the court recites and distorts the facts in a way that make it sound like the court action is reasonable, and then the readers are persuaded that the court was reasonable. In reality, the court is very unlikely to hear from the child, or to have any idea what is harmful to the child. When the court second-guesses a parent, it is usually causing harm in ways that the court does not recognize.

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