We had our custody hearing yesterday…3 hours of testimony and lawyer jousting. No Jury…..No Justice. For those that have not been following along. The Ex-wife (Sarah) was arrested on May 21 for a DUI accident with the kids in the car. Charges included the DUI, careless driving, and child abuse. Not too uncommon in this world, but at a BAC of .375 which is over 4 1/2 times the limit and greater than 93% of the LD 50 for Alcohol ( Lethal Dose 50%, the dose in which 50% of the population would die) is very uncommon. Testimony from the Weld County Social services investigator clearly had primary custody assigned to me. This was supported by “off the chart” THC values and 3 other failures of her required 5 urine tests, prior documented incidents of extreme intoxication with the kids present or under her sole care. And an event of bringing one of our daughters, who was too sick to go to school, to a ski area and leaving the 9 year old in the car in the parking lot..while she skied.
So after the “system” failed by not immediately placing the children into my care, I had to spend thousands of dollars to initiate and re-address the custody situation. Her criminal case is still pending and as yet is still driving. WTF ! The judge did impose an ignition interlock, as part of her conditions..but also granted her primary custody. She will face a mandatory 10 days in jail…and possibly up to 90 or more…How can she care for them then? Apparently he did not see the lies she was saying in the witness stand…can you say perjury!
My recourse at this point is to lie in wait for any minor event that may jeopardize the kids safety, report it to Socail services and wait for the next…repeat as needed until they re-open the case. Then they will have power to assign proper custody…hopefully this event will not put the kids lives at risk…Again.
What is your take?