There is much room for improvement in the state's child support system, as so many families continue to receive no payments from absent parents. After all, isn’t a child’s food and clothing also a worthy “Family Value”?
Excuse me for bragging: S. Roosticus Fischer of my law firm was just nominated by “Lawyers of Distinction” for ranking in the Top 10 percent of all American attorneys. Unbeknownst to the presenters, Shasharoosticus, although very special, is... my dog.
Protective orders have been hailed as a powerful deterrent to family violence — so much so that the penalties to perpetrators have steadily increased, along with the rights awarded to the victims. Yet I wonder, do they really work? How often are they abused to give one person an overwhelming advantage in divorce and custody cases? Are men always at fault?
Was he guilty? I don’t know. Guess what? At this point I don’t care.
Dogs may be dumb animals to some, but to many people they are family; to an older, lonely, person, a dog might be the only friend. Our legislators owe these family and friends some protection.