Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Physician father could do nothing

A reader forwards a message with a sad story about a teenaged boy who was put on ritalin and other drugs, became a juvenile delinquent, and is in a mess. His parents were divorced, and his mother had custody. His father was a physician, and the writer wonders why the father didn't do a better job of overseeing his son's medical prescriptions.

If the case was the typical mother custody divorce case, the father would have been stripped of all authority and decision-making. Even tho he was a physician, he would not have been permitted to make any medical decisions. That is the bias of the family court. It forces kids to be raised without fathers, and there is overwhelming evidence that many of our social ills result from single-mother-headed households.

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