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Divorce profitable for all but parents, children

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Divorce profitable for all but parents, children
By Billy Miller, Guest columnist

District Judge Arthur Hunter has called our state's indigent defense system unconstitutional.

Families would appreciate his taking a serious evaluative look at "family" courts.

Under current no-fault divorce laws, every case has a foregone conclusion -- a divorce will be granted. As in the currently broken indigent defense system, rule of law and due process are severely compromised in family court. There is no defense against a divorce. Why? Current laws don't allow it.

The Civil Rights Act says that rights cannot be taken away under "color of law," which means that laws cannot be written to take rights away. Every person in the courtroom -- including criminals -- has a right to their day in court. Why don't family court judges declare, "No more divorces in this courtroom until state laws guarantee a defense?" Why don't defense attorneys ask, "What has my client done wrong?" Isn't justice important to married people?

Two questions Judge Hunter should ask the family court system: First, if we have justice for all in family court, how is it that the one filing for divorce is granted one every time? Where is the justice? The result: divorce on demand without regard to civil rights. And, how can a father, who has never been found guilty of committing a crime, be jailed as a criminal, without a trial, for non-payment of civil court child support? This action creates "debtor's prison" -- pay or go to jail, which is illegal.

Dr. Edwin Cole says, "The lack of effective, functioning fathers is the root cause of America's social, economic, and spiritual crises," but that has basically been brought about by the anti-family, anti-marriage judicial mindset and actions, that trash the fathers.

David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute of American Values, adds, "The absence of fathers from family life is surely the most socially consequential family trend of our era."

Research proves that children raised in homes with their biological fathers have a much higher chance of succeeding in life. Unfortunately, approximately 25 million American children live absent or apart from their fathers. The reason: 75 percent of divorces are filed by moms, and the fathers are routinely cast out of the family by the courts, except for minimum contact with the children, called "visitation rights." They are also cast out of the house, which the mother needs "to keep the family together," and for "what is in the best interest of the child." The family court system parcels out families for profit to that system, like stolen autos in a chop shop. Follow the money.

Tragically, the pages of history are rife with the terrible misdeeds of those who experienced a broken home: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden. Who would dare chance having one of their children joining that bunch by divorcing?

It's really a divorce court, that takes control of your family, your time, your budget, your actions toward each other in your family, and eventually your house to help keep lawyers in business and feed the family court system.

Who is "family court"? A group of tight-knit judges and attorneys who have no real interest in the well-being of your family. Their motivation is money. Attorneys get huge fees to keep animosity stirred up, requiring filing after filing with the court. Each time papers are filed, fees and court costs must he paid by you. Divorce is a $250 billion industry annually, with your money keeping it alive and well. The "family" court system profits from the destruction of your family.

Research has proven that saving the marriage and family for the sake of the children is what is best. Why? Michael Reagan, in his book, "Twice Adopted," says, "Divorce is where two adults take everything that matters to a child -- the child's home, family, security and sense of being loved and protected and they smash it all up, leave it in ruins on the floor, then walk out and leave the child to clean up the mess." A loving parent is not going to do that to their child. God's plan of forgiveness and reconciliation works every time; not divorce, which He hates.

Talk with your legislators. Let them know that American citizens want new laws to stop the stampede of divorces, and are extremely upset about how the anti-family courts are tearing families apart for profit.

Billy Miller is a resident of Alexandria. -- 9/3/06

Reprinted with permission from Billy Miller – originally published in Louisiana’s The Town Talk

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