An open Letter to all members of the Ohio General Assembly
Those of you that know me well are aware that I have legislation before the General assembly concerning equal rights for parents and children that have been affected by Ohio’s current custody law which is used by our family court system.
SB144 has been sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee with no reason for not moving forward other than an excuse that Senator Mark Wagoner is using that he wants all “interested parties” on the same page. This caveat placed on this legislation has me concerned about his real intentions here.
Facts that he has not even looked at:
It is time to move this legislation forward. Ohio has suffered for 20+ years under a failed policy in this area of law. We have placed the fate of families in the hands of judges that fail to protect the equal rights of all in a manner that I can best describe as walking into a neighbor’s home that you know nothing about and telling them how to raise their family. I certainly don’t find that to be in the best interest of any child or family and I am sure that you will agree.
Last year Governor Kasich challenged everyone to step-up and tell the General Assembly how to make Ohio better for families. I have done that by writing the Ohio Children’s Parental Involvement Act. The bill as it came out of the Legislative Select Committee was less than 50 words different that what I submitted.
I have and continue to make myself available to discuss this legislation with any legislator in the State. I am willing to debate this subject with anyone that opposes it in a public forum at any time.
No one in this state has every looked at this in the ways that I have looked at it. I have looked at the costs to the State, the costs to our children, costs to business and the excessive costs of running a judiciary on trail court and appellant levels.
Even the Ohio Fatherhood Commission has recognized this expense. Taking figures they reported from Seneca County which placed the cost to that county at $50 Million per year and then transferring it to a state level; we have a $10 Billion problem statewide that even Tracey Robinson has admitted is caused by the law not by fathers. We can’t afford this any longer nor can our children.
I am asking you all to call upon Senator Wagoner to move this legislation thru Committee with no further delays.
Ohio Family Rights
Ohio Family Rights is a national free association of like minded people that work to comprehensively change the way that states and the courts view custody between divorced and never married people. We have dedicated ourselves to correcting what has long been a major problem of socially engineering fit parents from the lives of their child every day. This goal can only be accomplished by comprehensively correcting the flaws within the “Shared Parenting laws” that are currently in place so that all fit parents and their children can benefit from equal custody. Please join us in our efforts to protect the families of this nation and the future of our children.
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