Category Archives: Child Custody

Custody Sword-fight; Alternative Dispute Resolution

A Kansas man filed for Court permission from an Iowa judge to duel his ex-wife (or her attorney) via sword-fight to resolve their ongoing custody dispute.

David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, alleged that his former wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had “destroyed (him) legally”. Id.

Ostrom argued that the Court had the authority to “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” noting in his pleading that trial by combat “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States”. Id.

Ostrom requested sufficient time so he could secure Japanese samurai swords.

Ostrom explained his pleading thusly, “I think I’ve met Mr Hudson’s absurdity with my own absurdity.”

Judge Craig Dreismeier responded that a decision would take some time, citing irregularities with both sides’ motions and responses.

“Until the proper procedural steps to initiate a court proceeding are followed, this court will take no further action concerning any motion, objection or petition filed by either party at this time.”

Citing The Guardian.

Matthew Thompson (601)850-8000

How NOT to do supervised visitation.

Supervised visitation is Ordered in rare circumstances, but is typically when the parent has had significant issues with illegal substances, run-ins with law enforcement, severe defiance of prior Orders or mental health issues. (Or a combo of the above)

These parents, of course, have the right to see their child, but the Court’s obligation is to make sure that it is as safe as possible.

Below is what NOT to do…

Happy halloween- the “Forgotten” Holiday

Halloween is a fun excuse to dress up, eat candy and be a kid again.

However, you may only get this chance if your divorce papers allow it! Halloween is not a “real” holiday, and while admittedly it has a relatively short shelf-life on being magical, it’s still a fun experience.

Halloween is not in the Court’s standard schedule and not a Federal Holiday. So, if you want it you better address it and/or ask the Court for the day or that it be alternated between the parents.

Don’t only count on the other parent to be reasonable. Sometimes they are NOT!

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody lawyer in Mississippi and reminds you to consult the calendar when devising a custody schedule.