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Family court judge Jennifer Upchurch Clark, what should be expected?

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Curious and Concerned

Brownsville, TN

#1 Jun 28, 2010
Any information available would be appreciated, but if anyone knows, I'd love to know this: What are her statistics concerning the removal of children from their homes? Was it with justification? How many has she taken away from parent and how many, if any, were or will be returned to their homes. THEIR homes, not their grandparents. Are her rulings truly based on the best interest of our children and families or does she feel that anyone before her must be incapable of raising children because she sits above them?
This is not a bash fest, I am geniunely seeking any information/past experiences/etc that could give some sort of insight as to what to expect from this judge and for the family at stake.
really

Bonnyman, KY

#2 Jun 28, 2010
She must have a stressful job! She probably dont get paid enough.
Honest

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Jun 28, 2010
Yes in my opinion she is all about the kids.
Curious and Concerned

Brownsville, TN

#4 Jun 28, 2010
Honest,
Is this opinion based on personal experience, and either way, what grounds did you form this opinion upon? And thank you for the response.
bitter sweet

Manchester, KY

#5 Jun 29, 2010
Curious and Concerned wrote:
Honest,
Is this opinion based on personal experience, and either way, what grounds did you form this opinion upon? And thank you for the response.
she is realy slow about getting things done we had a date set for april 15 it is now july or should I say june 29 th sorry but I am getting a little pissed, at being put off.
judge

Somerset, KY

#6 Jun 29, 2010
I have had some dealings with her. I feel like she is there for the right reasons. She's there for the kids, she'll do whatever she can to take care of the children.. They are her main concern. And Thats what is important.
Litigate

Knox, PA

#7 Jun 29, 2010
get a lawyer would be your wisest choice number one and number two quit gossipping on Topix would be number two
facts

Manchester, KY

#9 Aug 30, 2010
Personnal I find it hard to beleive that a judge would take a child from it mother because she is in the hospital. Where was your family while this was going on? If this is true there is something bad wrong. Go luck
judge trudy

London, KY

#11 Aug 31, 2010
Who was watching your child while you were in the hospital? How long were you admitted into the hospital? Are their no grandparents, cousins, aunts or uncles that could have watched your child? How old is your child? I do not honestly think that a judge would grant an outsider "full custody" only because a parent is suffering a condition that put them in the hospital. There has to be more to the story than you are telling.
judge trudy

London, KY

#16 Sep 1, 2010
That makes better sense. But, there are still a few more questions. Was your stay in the hospital lengthy and if so why did you choose to allow the wife of your ex-husband to care for your child instead of the current husband? Not putting blame on you but trying to understand the scenerio better. The wife must have been working on this already to have paperwork in hand conveniently at the time. I understand bits and pieces of what you are saying but some of it is unclear. Have you tried writing Hal Rogers the Congressman for Kentucky or contacting Jack Conway the Attorney General? I do not know who else to consider but those would be two people I would contact in your situation. I would also mention the fact that the social services here is shady at times. There have been several children to die here because of being in neglectful environments and social services was aware of the unhealthy situations. A Rednour child passed away after being battered by a neglectful father-n-law. Social workers claimed they were following up on the child, but under oath had doctored paperwork when actually they were spending time at lunch, etc. The sad instance caught the eye of local and national media coverage. A few years ago a toddler drank "liquid fire" from a sippy cup and passed away. Social services worked with both families. Therefore, you may or may not want to speak about these instances to both of these men and ask them what advice they can offer you. This may be helpful on your quest for guardianship. Good luck.
curious

Sonora, KY

#17 Sep 1, 2010
does she usually side with the mothers or fathers?
Like to Know

Edmonton, KY

#21 Sep 2, 2010
I hear that she gives custody of babies to non -relatives who are NOT foster homes. How would this be legal? Wonder if home evaluations on these non relatives were done and wonder what social worker did them? Makes you wonder what social services recommended in these non relative home evaluations or even if they do them.

I thought that if social services were involved in cases with families that the children had to either go to a relative or be placed in a foster home?
possibly

Nancy, KY

#23 Sep 2, 2010
If your story holds as much weight as you say it does, I would contact the local media stations in Lexington. Get a reporter to hear your story. Some media pressure could get things straitened up in a hurry.
possibly

Nancy, KY

#25 Sep 3, 2010
Here's the four Lexington news channels.

http://www.lex18.com/home/

http://www.wkyt.com/

http://www.wtvq.com/

http://www.foxlexington.com/

There should be some info on how to contact each station on their websites. Make sure you have plenty of documentation to validate your story and I'm sure at least one of the stations would love to pick this story up. Best of luck to you and I hope you have your daughter back soon!
hello

London, KY

#26 Sep 3, 2010
i think alot of her case need to be looked into.i know a young man that took his ex to court because his child .was telling him stuff that they where doing to him.what the child said is very true.you do not let men touch your child body.
scared

Sonora, KY

#27 Sep 3, 2010
im so scared im going to lose my kid. my ex is taking me to court over custody of my daughter. ive been through alot and my ex kept my daughter more than i did so he is going to use that against me. also a good friend of mine that i hung out with all the time just got busted for meth and he keeps throwing that up to. im a good mother i just had some issues going on awhile back. i have recently got my life together. do you think the judge will accept my change and let me keep custody or will she give my daughter to her father.
bad girl

Nancy, KY

#28 Sep 3, 2010
Curious and Concerned wrote:
Any information available would be appreciated, but if anyone knows, I'd love to know this: What are her statistics concerning the removal of children from their homes? Was it with justification? How many has she taken away from parent and how many, if any, were or will be returned to their homes. THEIR homes, not their grandparents. Are her rulings truly based on the best interest of our children and families or does she feel that anyone before her must be incapable of raising children because she sits above them?
This is not a bash fest, I am geniunely seeking any information/past experiences/etc that could give some sort of insight as to what to expect from this judge and for the family at stake.
In answer to your question, Is she fair? From what I know about her, She truly has the best intrest of tehe c hildren at heart. As for how she arrives at her decision, She, Like other judges, Is sworn to go by the evidence presented by both parties. On the other hand we know from past experience, That other judges haven't even considered the evidence. But Again, Let me re-iterate that so far as I know, She is fair with both parties. She will most often have a court appointed arbatraitor talk with the parties if they cant come to an agreement on their own.
goodness

United States

#31 Sep 4, 2010
scared wrote:
im so scared im going to lose my kid. my ex is taking me to court over custody of my daughter. ive been through alot and my ex kept my daughter more than i did so he is going to use that against me. also a good friend of mine that i hung out with all the time just got busted for meth and he keeps throwing that up to. im a good mother i just had some issues going on awhile back. i have recently got my life together. do you think the judge will accept my change and let me keep custody or will she give my daughter to her father.
If I were you I would be scared to. If your ex had your kid more than you then why are you really worried about if he has custody of her. In my opinion if he is the primary caregiver of her, then he should have custody of her. Also, what kind of person are you if your best friend was busted for meth? Im guessing you had your daughter over there in that situation. Am I correct? If so, any judge in their right mind would not give you custody. That is called child endangerment. After you go to court, please get back on here and let us know what happens. Im actually anxious to see what the judge thinks about this? And I will pray for your child to end up where she needs to be... AND THAT IS NOT WITH YOU!
FYI

Sheridan, AR

#32 Sep 4, 2010
If you live in another state file a diversity action in the federal court in your jurisdiction. If the court grants your request then a federal judge will sit in what's called a "diversity action."
agreed

Sonora, KY

#33 Sep 5, 2010
i agree with the responder goodness. your friend was just busted for meth. have you ever heard that saying you are who you run with. you say you have changed. in what ways. did you change for the right reasons or is it just a front that everyone likes to put on when they are in trouble or about to get their child taken away.

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