Court rules that spouses aren't entit...

Court rules that spouses aren't entitled to public divorce lawyers

There are 1 comment on the The Seattle Times story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Court rules that spouses aren't entitled to public divorce lawyers. In it, The Seattle Times reports that:

With custody of her three children hanging in the balance, Brenda King, a housewife with a ninth-grade education and no money, was forced to act as her own attorney during a five-day divorce trial in Snohomish ...

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Portland, OR

#1 Dec 8, 2007
The good citizens of Washington State would wind up picking up the tab for her and her kids just like her husband did when they were married. When I took Family Law in my paralegal classes I learned that the State is interested in doing whatever it can to find an able bodied person to take care of the kids so they wouldn't be a welfare burden. That is exactly what the State of Washington has ruled in the Kings' case.

Brenda lives in a time when women can get a halfway decent job. I can remember when it was not that way. I can't help but wonder why, if before she had children, she did not finish high school or get her GED and learn some marketable skills in order to be able to take care of herself and them if the need arose.

There are many cases where a mother gets child support to help her with expenses after a divorce. But to not work at all and expect an ex-husband or even the State for that matter to support her is downright idiotic in this day and age. I believe there is more to the story then we have been told and Brenda was not considered to be a fit mother for reasons other than financial.

If I were a judge I would throw Brenda's case out of court and tell her not to even think of coming back until she could show she could take care of herself.

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