Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Custody: If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

A papa tried a gender reversal on that truism when he asked a divorce judge to switch custody from the mother to the dad, who wanted to relocate to Florida.

The divorce judge said evidence showed the father’s response to a “strained relationship” with his daughter was to set ever stricter limits on the girl’s behavior and activities.

But all would be well, the father, said, once the family moved to sunny Florida.

“Specifically, the father argues that moving to Florida would cause his stress level to drop, in turn making him a better, more reasonable parent,” the Virginia Court of Appeals wrote in Priest v. Credle.

The trial judge said the kids would be better served by staying in Williamsburg, where they had lived their whole life and where they had friends and extended family. Case affirmed by the appeals court.

1 comment:

deanna said...

As the mother in this case, let me reassure anyone concerned that this was the absolute BEST decision. Since Dad has been in Florida, and the kids have lived in Virginia, we have gone 2 full years with no further court appearances. Having been in court roughly 4 times per year for the preceding 5 years before this decision, that has to account for something!