A Kid Named Adolf Hitler

Losing custody of your children because of what you chose to name them? Seems unlikely, if not impossible, especially in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Not for New Jersey couple Heath and Deborah Campbell who lost custody Thursday, October 26, 2011.

Before screaming out, “erroneous, erroneous on all accounts!”, get a load of these names: Adolph Hilter Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.

That’s right. The couple gave each of their children Nazi-inspired names. The battle began in January 2009 when a grocery store refused to put the full name, “Adolf Hilter,” on a birthday cake . Last year the New Jersey appeals court ruled there was sufficient evidence of abuse and neglect; because of domestic violence occurring in the home the children were removed from their home.

The parents remain fighting for their children and have said that in early December a judge is set to decide whether or not the children will be coming home. The children are currently living in foster care.

This case definitely calls into question the sanity of the parents, but sans the evidence of domestic violence, there is no way our constitution would allow for this…right?

See the full article here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/26/baby-hitler-parents-lose-custody-kids-even-though-judge-says-no-abuse/

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Safe Haven Laws are not Just for Teens

A story about the abandonment an unwanted baby is one of the saddest and heartbreaking stories one can read in the news. While most people think of that the women who leave their children on the side of a road, in a toilet bowl, or even a public restroom are teenage mothers who cannot handle the responsibility of motherhood, a New York Times article has published that the most common factor is the simple desire to hide a pregnancy. The article examines and praises an organization, Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, in Illinois which worked to enact legislation in 2001 regarding abandoned infants which has successfully brought sixty-nine babies to safe places.  The 2001 legislation is a Safe Haven Law: it allows mothers to bring unwanted newborns to firehouses, police stations, and hospitals without fear of prosecution so long as the baby is unharmed and the drop off is within thirty days of the child’s birth.  The Foundation then finds adoptive families to care for the children rather than them being placed in the state foster care system.  Many states have Safe Haven Laws like the one adopted in Illinois.  It is a tragedy that children are still being abandoned and left to die when there are so many places where the child can be taken without repercussion.  In New York, the Abandoned Infant Protection Act serves to provide mothers a safe place to bring the child, give up parental rights without questions asked.  It is a win-win situation; the fearful mother is relieved of the responsibility and the child is given to a loving family who is ready and able to care for the child.… <Read More>


Violence in the Courtroom

Everyone knows that divorce law is a very volatile area of practice. In the words of Pat, an attorney in New York City, divorce, death and moving are the most traumatic times in a person’s life. In a Broward County, Florida courtroom, a husband flew into a rage on Friday after Judge Ronald Rothschild ordered him to pay child support and set visitation rights for the couple’s 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. He began attacking his wife right in the courtroom in front of the judge and had to be subdued by being shot twice with a stun gun.

“It was surreal,” a witness said. “To see that violence play out in a judge’s chambers is somewhat surreal.”  The wife was taken to a hospital with a broken nose, broken bones in her face and a torn lip. The husband was charged with felony battery, domestic violence and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $1 million. This rage occurred between a couple who was only married 5 years , can you imagine the emotion and rage that could occur between a couple married for 20, 25, 30 or more years?… <Read More>



8 Killed in SoCal over a custody dispute

 

On Wednesday October 12, 2011, eight people lost their lives at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, Scott Dekraai entered the salon in the early afternoon and opened fired on the clientele and workers of the busy salon. Witnesses assert that the people in the salon fell to the floor and sought cover in the bathroom and closets. After Dekraai finished his heartless massacre, he escaped, but was shortly apprehended.

According to the article, it appears that Dekraai entered the salon looking for his former wife, Michelle Fournier. Dekraai and Fournier were involved in a bitter custody battle over the couple’s son.

Unfortunately, these types of atrocious events are not uncommon. On December 26, 2008, a man dressed as Santa Claus killed nine people who were attending a family Christmas party in Covina, California. The murderer, Bruce Pardo later committed suicide.  Like the massacre in Seal Beach, Bruce Pardo was enraged over a contentious divorce and custody dispute with his ex-wife, Sylvia.

Divorce and custody disputes can be extremely combative. Both parties involved have a lot on the line. Unfortunately, people going through these disputes lose sight of what is truly important, their children. Instead, individuals going through these types of disputes allow their anger for their ex-spouse cloud their judgment; sometimes making them do horrible things such as the above-mentioned massacres. In both cases, the children of the divorcing couple lost both of their parents over something that could have been resolved in a civil manner.… <Read More>