New York state seems to have set a new trend in its family courts since Justice Kaye Leadership. The past five decades or so have seen child custody primarily as the reward to and responsibility of mothers. The unspoken rule has been that unless the mother was qualified as unfit, she would be allowed primary guardianship of the children to whom she gave birth. Current trends are beginning to mimic a time when women and children were considered marital property. Though not as openly sexist as our historical legacy, judges and law guardians hide inside a Trojan horse of sexual equality. Many law guardians arbitrarily recommend that the fathers who want custody get it. Rather than concern for the best interest of the child, these law guardians appear to strive to raise the statistics in favor of fathers. It is probably safe to say that mothers who are not awarded custody are generally perceived as unfit. A mother may be deemed unstable if she exhibits strong emotion when faced with separation from her children. The same is not usually assumed of fathers. I do not refer to the many wonderful, selfless fathers who agree that the welfare of children should always supersede their personal needs, nor the mothers who do not put their children first. Having made this distinction, I find it interesting that a large percent of domestic offenders who want full custody of their children pursue this objective only when another woman is available to care for them. Often, the father simply wants to maintain control over the family and/or avoid paying child support. The majority of the mothers on the receiving end of domestic offenses are at an economic disadvantage when the father leaves the home and takes his income with him. This disadvantage makes it nearly impossible for her to retain competent legal representation. Unfortunately, even a very proficient lawyer may not be able to help her. In fact, according to a 2004 study conducted by Jay Silverman at Harvard University, over 54 percent of custody cases involving documented and proven domestic abuse perpetrated by the father (against the mother) results in the father being awarded custody of the children. This rate has since risen. Judges generally follow the recommendations of law guardians and court appointed psychologists. A court psychologist in Ithaca isn't required to undergo any domestic violence training in order to be hired by the court as an â
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Brenda Smith, United States7 years ago Comments: there are a few in motgomery county too
Lydia E. Mercado, United States7 years ago Comments: I Lydia E. Mercado know about this all to well I did go through this type of injustice, back in 1994 I was unable to control my anxiety, and was unable to keep a comversation on one topic I would run on and talked about all of the abuse and the things that he would do to me and the kids, but the judges would not listen to me because I would cry about every thing I talked about. To make a long story short he got custody and he had them leaving with his girl friend and daughter and separated my doughters into these unstable homes. After I took care of my self and completed all of my requirements my kids where so scare of him they did not dare say who they wanted to be with and they gave him the girls again. The justice system is blind to womens need and these openly sexist judges set this laws not to protect the public but to protect them self from their own marital status. Lydia
wanda, United States7 years ago Comments: All of these judges need to be held accountable for all of the damages that they have done to children and the mothers.They must be removed. Its a shame in a court system that is suppose to protect. Its a system that you can not trust. judges taking bribes the corruption is HORRIBLE . THE ONE S PAYING THE PRICE ARE THE CHILDREN AND MOTHERS.
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