Update Nov. 9. 2017–Custody modification trial continued to Feb. 9, 2018. Still no contact since Feb. 25, 2017. Shanya and I have new songs to share…will re-record, but she was really cute in this, I thought. https://youtu.be/PHQlYKlGr3E )
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In April of 2014 I received a call from a lawyer named Sarah Reist. She told me that she had been hired by the father of my little girl, D., who was 5 1/2 years old at the time, to take me to court so that D. would no longer be able to spend as much time as possible with me, as she had for her whole life. D.’s father and I were not married and we had made an agreement that was signed by the judge that gave me 185 days of time with D., and her father had 180 days. This was very fair and was exactly what the lawmakers feel is best for the children.
D. was very happy for the first 5 1/2 years of her life and even though I wished she could have stayed with me every day, I knew her father was very important to her and I made sure he got to spend as much time with D. as he wanted to.
I thought it was very strange that a lawyer would want to take away the time a little girl was able to spend with her mother, and change the schedule D. wanted to continue to enjoy. I told the lawyer that her client had emotional problems and he needed to get help for his mental issues instead of hiring a lawyer to create legal problems.
I was very surprised that when I went to court, that the judges were NOT fair and they did NOT follow the laws or the rules or the promise they made when they took their job. The judges made orders that hurt D. very much, and also hurt me and our family and friends. And they even hurt the lawyer and D.’s father because they asked to steal some rights away from innocent people and the judges said it was okay. This has only made them want to steal more rights, and from other people and it is a very bad thing to do and it hurts people. Our rights and laws are to protect us and to keep us healthy and happy and strong. Strong people help make our country strong. When lawyers and judges do bad things, it is like it makes our people and our country weak and sick and sad. This is the opposite of what we need.
One judge even said that I could not have any contact with D. for a whole year! His name is Judge Phillip Robinson, and he is the Third Circuit Court Judge in Nashville, Tennessee. That was the worst thing anybody has ever done to me or D. I couldn’t believe it. D. complained and told people that she needed to see her mom and that she was sad and worried and angry and that she missed her mom, but NOBODY she told would do ANYTHING to help her. This made her more sad and worried and angry.
For that whole year, between June 2015 and June 2016, I could not call D., send her a letter, or even send her a present because if I did, I would go to jail. I could not talk to her, but I did talk to her counselor and other people who were talking to her and that is how I knew how sad and worried and angry she was. I don’t blame her for being angry, but she was very young and did not know how to manage her feelings related to the loss of her mother and other family and friends. She was mean to people who had not done anything to hurt her and she even hurt people sometimes. Still, nobody would help her see her mother.
Finally, on June 30, 2016, I got to see and hold and kiss D. for the first time in a year and two weeks! I thought that we would never have to go a long time without seeing each other again, but I was wrong.
I have not been allowed to see D. since February 25, 2017–seven months ago! I have not been able to give her mail or call her. I will not go to jail if I try to see her, because that order went away after I hired a lawyer. But her father still doesn’t want me to see her. He still has emotional problems he needs to get help with. Lots of people need to get help to manage their emotions, including me and D.! It is a sad thing when people can get help to learn how to think and act better, but they won’t do it. I am very glad for the help I got when I was sad and angry and worried and couldn’t control my emotions well enough. It took a lot of practice, but I am a lot happier and I think other people would be, too, if they would first admit that they have a problem, then work to solve it. D.’s father is a good man and D. and I love him very much, even when we are frustrated with the way he keeps us apart. He and I shared D. for 6 1/2 years, and I know we could do it again if the judges would tell him he has to share even if he doesn’t want to. D. and all her friends and family would be so excited and happy if her father would share D.’s time like he did before.
After the judges started taking D.’s time with me away from her, I was surprised to find out that this is very common. I thought the judges and lawyers would get in trouble if they broke the laws and the rules, but that almost never happens. I have talked to so many parents and also some children who have suffered because the judges do not make sure we have the liberty (or freedom) that we are supposed to have and they don’t make sure that everyone who comes into the courtroom has justice. Justice is fairness.
It makes me sad that so many children are mistreated. And it also makes me angry that lawyers lie and cheat and the judges don’t treat people fairly. I decided that I would try to stop them from doing the bad things and make them go back to following the rules so they will not hurt innocent children and the people who love them.
Our laws say that the government is supposed to do what the people want and make sure the people have what they need for us to be a strong nation. The people need liberty and justice. The Pledge to the Flag says we have “liberty and justice for all.” But that is not true. We can make it be true. Judges sometimes make mistakes, just like any of us can, but the judges who know they are breaking the law and hurting people must be punished.
I know that the children don’t get to go to court and tell the judge what they need and want. Sometimes the children have lawyers, like D. does, who tells the judge to do the opposite of what the children want and need, and this is against the rules and hurts the children.
D.’s best friend from when D. spent time with me is named Shanya. Shanya is 9 years old and she has been friends with D. for 7 years! Shanya gave me the idea to bring the children together to speak out and try to get a lot of people to pay attention to them and to make the lawyers and judges do what is right.
Every child has a right to have a relationship with both their mother and father, unless their parents hurt them. I never hurt D., but the judges and lawyers have by keeping me away from her and by letting D.’s dad think it is okay for him to treat D. like this.
I have a lot of ideas and I also know that Shanya children of America have a lot of good ideas and that we, when we work together, have the power to make America a great country again. I believe that the people who think that a president can make a country good or bad are mistaken. I believe that it is the PEOPLE, young and old, who make a country good or bad.
If you think liberty and justice is for all Americans and not just for people who have money and can hire expensive attorneys to fight for them in court, please join me in my campaign for Liberty and Justice in America.