Saturday, November 27, 2010

Some Common Sense at Last?

Top judge says mothers should have children taken away if they don't let fathers see them

Mothers who refuse to let separated fathers see their children should have them taken away, a senior family court judge said yesterday.

The children should be handed over to the full time care of the father if the mother persistently defies court orders, Mr Justice Coleridge said.

He called for a ‘three strikes and you’re out rule’ by which children would be taken away if mothers ignored three court orders.

The judge said that family courts are losing their authority because so many people take no notice of their judgments.

Around 5,000 new cases a year come before the family courts in which parents – almost always mothers – defy orders to let the other parent have contact.

Judges are extremely reluctant to jail such mothers because of the damaging effects on the children, so many continue to get away with it.

Mr Justice Coleridge, 61, said: ‘If I were to call it three strikes and you’re out it sounds insensitive but something like it perhaps should be the norm.’

He added that occasionally it might be necessary to send a mother to jail.


MisAnDrope said...

So what this means is that the poor enslaved father has to go to court at least three times, probably over the course of 3 years, given the way the courts work, and the general tendency to require 'mediation', to get the courts to do anything to enforce a visitation order. With your quickie court visit costing a man somewhere around $12,000, and the court usually lumping the woman's costs on the man (so, $24,000 per visit, and we're up to $75,000 (probably much more) and 3 years.
A move in the right direction? Sure.
Common sense? Why don't they just enforce the orders in the first place?

Anonymous said...

That's wonderful news.

JimmyGiro said...

The right conclusion, but the wrong justification:

"The judge said that family courts are losing their authority because so many people take no notice of their judgments."

It should be done because it is just; not because the bureaucracy wants more power.

The good Judge should think as to what causes the gradual loss of credibility? If courts were bastions of true Justice, then only the crooked would benefit from their disregard; but if they are apparently partisan, or even arbitrary, then both the crooked and the innocent will throw the helve after the hatchet.