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Letter: 'The best interest of the child'

Posted: April 30, 2018 2:52 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2018 1:00 a.m.

“The best interest of the child” is something you hear every day in Family Court. It has become a whipping post for judges and lawyers to justify their actions of separating a child from a loving and fit parent. At no point in most cases is any real evidence produced to justify their actions. The stakes in most cases isn’t money or property (although they are treated as such), the stakes are the lives and rights of our children.

“The best interest of the child” today means a steady cash cow for family courts. In the past five fiscal years, South Carolina has received about $2.7 million from Title IV D of the Social Security Act for child support collections claimed by the Family Court industry each year. The rights of our children are thrown to the side for the all mighty dollar. Parents are placed on high amounts of child support, supervised visitations (which has to be paid for by the parent). All with simple allegations and no proof. And let a parent attempt to fight for the rights of their child, they are penalized by the courts in financial ways or simple not allowed to see their children. This has become the norm in our family courts today.

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