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Letter: Due process, civil rights absent in family court

Posted: February 26, 2018 4:01 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Having been dealing with Kershaw County Family Court for more than two years now, I find it amazing how judges and lawyers who practice family law have immunity from lawsuits or wrong doing. We all know that family courts are considered a he said/she said court. And that a person’s due process or civil rights do not count in family court. But we never ask, “What about the children’s rights?” Are our children’s rights protected and are their best interests really being considered?

Three out of five children are forced to be without the other parent by family courts.  This parental alienation is begun in family courts by simple allegations, with no proof of abuse or neglect. In a country where a person is innocent until proven guilty, this does not apply in family courts. In these courts a person must prove their innocence, and even then they are not given real due process -- unless you can pay for it!

We all know someone who has dealt with Family Court, and has fought to either save their marriage or children. But, unless you have dealt with it personally, you truly cannot understand the isolation that is felt by all involved. Parents commit suicide, children become angry or depressed, etc.. It is time we begin to question the laws in our state when it comes to family courts. When you look at the statistics of family courts and the outcomes, it is simple to see that the family courts require a major overhaul.

Then, maybe we can stop all of these social ills that have begun to take hold.  It’s time we begin to focus on saving families and our children!

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