A single mother in Colorado recently won a harrowing child custody case, allowing her to retain custody of her children. Apparently a neighbor made an anonymous call to Social Services, which sent a social worker to her home to inspect it and ask questions.
The neighbor’s “concern” revolved around the mother’s decision to home school her children, some of whom have learning disabilities. The neighbor persisted with the complaints, despite the mother’s experience in home schooling and the evidence that a one-on-one environment is beneficial for learning-disabled children.
The social worker failed to close the case, filing a motion and securing a verbal court order that the children were to be taken into state custody. After she secured legal representation, the social worker visited the home and found no evidence of educational neglect or any other conduct that would justify taking the children out of their mother’s custody.
The stakes are high in family law matters, where a court’s decision or the result of negotiations can have a lasting impact on your life and your relationship with your family. Disputes over custody and parenting time can be particularly harrowing because of the strong bond parents feel with their children. While courts try to do their best to make sure children are best taken care of, it can be difficult for both parents to adjust to a new schedule and new boundaries.
If you are engaged in a dispute over child custody or visitation, consider contacting an experienced family law attorney. He or she can work with you closely to understand your family’s unique situation, represent your interests in and out of court and help you pursue the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
Source: The Inquisitr, “Homeschooling Mother In Colorado Wins Landmark Case: Retains Custody of Kids,” Jan. 20, 2013