Gallant Americans are risking life and limb in Iraq to defend Home and Country. But they never dreamed they might lose their children, too.Another column honors William Rehnquist. He was too much of a judicial supremacist for my tastes, but now is not the time to complain about it.
When Army National Guard Spc. Joe McNeilly of Grand Ledge, Michigan came home after 15 months in Iraq, he found that a family court "referee" had taken away his joint custody of his 10-year-old son and given full custody and control to the boy's mother.
For five years, McNeilly had had a 50-50 no-problem custody arrangement with his ex-girlfriend Holly Erb. When called up to go to Iraq, he gave her temporary full custody while he was overseas.
While he was gone, Erb persuaded a family court to make her full custody permanent. When McNeilly protested, he was told that his year-long absence constituted abandonment and produced custody "points" against him.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
A Phyllis Schlafly column says: