Dateline: Washington D.C, USA
From: Glenn Sacks
Via: The Honor Network
Priority News Exchange Program News Item (PNEP)
In the USA a bill will be signed into law by President Bush for vets (which are made up of a majority of males) to not fall under the Default Judgments of Judges (when vets in the field suffer in family court for not being present). This is a great step and has other provision that other non-vet fathers can look longingly at (like support payments being adjusted to lower wages being earned). There is still no guarantee that judges will rule in less biaed manner for male vets once they are present in court upon given leave, but the idea of ruling on cases when vets are in the field, and or cannot appear in court has ended in the US.
Also any vet wishing to challenge any bias in favor of the ex-spouse will be on very firm ground in appealing the case to a higher courts, and likely bring much attention to the whole cause in the media to any judges in the feminists’ pocket. Thus making judges walk on egg shells in such cases, or suffer the public’s rage at the polls (as many US judges are elected by the voters under the individual state systems).
So to any Bush haters out there it is time to pull in your horns a bit, for this president won’t let vets be treated like the rest of the population. There may be hope for the Republicans yet? With the Canadian Tories cutting off government funds for feminist organizations it would see there is a friendlier face on the conservative side of the political spectrum for father’s & men’s rights to date.
|Quotes From Glenn Sacks:Military service sometimes costs parents their children. For example, with the long deployments necessitated by the war, a military spouse can move to another state while his or her spouse is deployed, file for divorce, and then be virtually certain to gain custody through the divorce proceedings in the new state.
Given service personnelâ€™s limited ability to travel, the high cost of legal representation and travel, and the financial hardships created by child support and spousal support obligations, it is extremely difficult for deployed parents to fight for their parental rights. For many, their participation and meaningful role in their childrenâ€™s lives endsâ€”often permanently–the day they are deployedâ€¦.
â€¦While some military parents face the loss of their children, others face prosecution and jail for child support obligations, which their service has rendered them unable to pay. Support orders are based on civilian pay, which is generally higher than active duty pay. When reservists are called up to active duty, they sometimes pay an impossibly high percentage of their income in child support.
“Sure enough, they did in fact fast track a new bill, HR 4986 and the bill was cleared for the White House on 1/22/08 and presented to the President on 1/24/08. I was contacted today by Congressional and White House staff informing me that the President will sign this bill.
The bill section reads:
|“SEC. 584. PROTECTION OF CHILD CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS FOR PARENTS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF A CONTINGENCY OPERATION.
(a) PROTECTION OF SERVICEMEMBERS AGAINST DEFAULT JUDGMENTS.â€”Section 201(a) of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. 521(b) HR 4986 CPH is amended by inserting “including any child custody proceeding” after “proceeding.”
(b) STAY OF PROCEEDINGS WHEN SERVICEMEMBER HAS NOTICE.â€”Section 202(a) of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. 522(a)) is amended by inserting “including any child custody proceeding,” after “civil action or proceeding.”
For Glenn Sacks’ full story click: http://glennsacks.com/blog/?p=1738