We Own the Courthouse & We’re Taking Your Children

The sad story of a home school mom who lost her children in a temporary order in a divorce case in a small, rural county in Texas continues. For those who are not familiar with the case, the couple had been married for eleven years and home schooled for many years, all with the approval of the father. When he decided that he wanted a divorce, the airline pilot told his wife that his parents “own the courthouse” and “We will take the children from you, and there is nothing you can do.”

The new Republican judge seemed to confirm that assertion when he called home school observers in the courtroom a mob and then gave the children to the father, even though he travels two to three weeks per month, saying he was “more stable.” While the judge denied the request of the paternal grandparents to be a part of the suit, he said that when the father traveled, they should have the children. Most of the testimony by the father and his parents and their attorneys during these hearings focused on the fact that this mother home schooled her children and somehow that was not good for them.

The mother had no choice but to move back to the small community and seek employment while she asked the judge for “expanded visitation and the right of first refusal” so that she might see her children more than twice a month on weekends. While the judge finally assented to this, he refused to require the father to make funds available to the mother for her legal fees, even though the father continues to use community property from the marriage for his legal fees.

In a recent hearing, the trial date for a jury trial was moved to September, and it became apparent that the paternal grandparents are subsidizing the legal representation of their son in this matter and are keeping some of the children in their home on a regular basis.  While a jury trial appears to be the best way for this mother to regain her children based on the recent rulings of this judge, her family does not have the kind of resources that the “owners of the courthouse” have.

It is unfortunate that a fit, godly parent can lose their children because someone else has more money and can find a judge who seems to believe that home schoolers are a mob and home schooling is a detriment to children. Or…it could simply be that he is biased with regard to his political future. Either way, THSC plans to help with the legal expenses of this mother not only because what is happening to her is outrageous, but we cannot allow home schooling to be the basis on which a child is removed from a fit parent no matter where they live in Texas. If you would like to be part of the effort to help, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the THSC Parental Rights Litigation Fund (PRLF).