Tuesday, December 07, 2010


This moment of honesty:
"I thought only of my own needs and not of their futures."

Reminded me of these cases:
In the present case, the record shows a mother who, although devoted to her son, refuses to subordinate her own desires and priorities to the child's welfare.
(Bottoms v. Bottoms, 457 S.E.2d 102, 108 (Va. 1995)

We are not reassured, given Lisa's past actions, that she will put the needs of her children first.
(Chicoine v. Chicoine, 479 N.W.2d 891 (S.D. 1992) (holding the trial court abused its discretion in awarding unsupervised overnight visitation to a lesbian mother without first ordering a home study and enforcement measures to ensure compliance with restrictions on visitation, when mother had psychological problems, had taken the children to gay bars, had allowed the children to sleep with her and her partner while the mother was nude, had openly kissed and caressed her partner in front of the children ignoring protests by her oldest son, and had continued a sexual encounter rather than comfort a child after the child found her engaged in sexual activity)