RI Supreme Court Places More Emphasis on Family than the Family Court
In one case, anyway.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Friday overturned rulings by the Family Court that had allowed a divorced woman and her two children to remain in Rhode Island for almost seven years despite an order from a North Carolina judge that they return to that state, where the children’s father lived.
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In concluding the Family Court erred, the high court deplored the case’s being allowed to languish “in a judicial morass for many years,” particularly when the jurisdiction of the Rhode Island Family Court was being challenged.
The years of delay to “complete a case that was both cast as an emergency and was one in which the authority of the court to hear the case was challenged, while two young lives hung in the balance, is simply inexcusable,” the high court said.
On this eve of Father’s Day, we have to ask: why did the Rhode Island Family Court deprive two children of their father for seven years? Is it because the court’s rumored bias in favor of one particular gender has a basis in actuality?
By the way, “languish in a judicial morass for many years”. Isn’t that an apt description of another case currently pending in the Rhode Island court system?