Friday

In the Best Interest of Her Child, Mother Loses Custody of Katrina Evacuee Son

Most parents want to do what is right for their children. But when does sacrifice constitute relinquishment?

Mother is a New Orleans police officer
When hurricane Katrina was approaching, mother's boyfriend evacuated her son (and other children) to Arkansas
Boyfriend is not the biological father of her son but had been assisting in the child caretaking
Mother and boyfriend end relationship before Katrina, but boyfriend continues to assist in caretaking while mother worked at night
Mother and ex-boyfriend lose their homes to Katrina
Mother must stay behind in New Orleans because of her job requirement
Mother attends 15 month nursing program and graduates
Mother retrieves children from Arkansas (Mother and boyfriend have two other children together)
Ex-boyfriend seeks custody of mother's son through the court system
Circuit court grants ex-boyfriend guardianship
Court of Appeals reverses circuit court's decision
Supreme court reverses again, back to ex-boyfriend

see article here

I'm confused though, what about the other two children? Were they returned? Were they requested?

This is why the Supreme Court gave the mother's son back to the ex-boyfriend:
[Mother] "made a conscious decision to delegate her parental responsibilities, duties and obligations to Mr. Scorza;” did not contribute significantly to the boy’s financial support; and only tried to retrieve him after Scorza stopped paying child support."
This reminds me of military child custody issues that are now getting attention..ie the active duty member goes overseas and parental duties are thus delegated to someone else...spouse, grandparent, etc. Duty calls...and military members are supposed to understand this upon enlistment. In fact, when I considered joining the military, I was told that I needed to give custody of my child to my parent because the military came first. And so, I didn't join the military.

Is it the same with law enforcement?

Let's reverse this:

Father leaves the marital or sexual home (LMFAO) where his children and their mother continue to reside. Father doesn't pay child support. Mother gets on welfare and is required to cooperate with child support enforcement (CSE) so that they can locate the father and collect funds. CSE, courtesy of the Administration of Children and Families, supports absent fathers in seeking joint custody of children that they may not have ever taken care of. Mothers are forced to share custody with nearly strange men, or mothers lose custody during protracted litigation.

Why doesn't this same Arkansas Supreme Court decision apply in these cases?

Again,
"made a conscious decision to delegate...parental responsibilities, duties and obligations...” did not contribute significantly to...financial support; and only tried to retrieve...after ....stopped paying child support.

How do you feel about this?