Contributed BY: Chris Meyer
Allegan County, Michigan – February 27th 2010. A Family court judge in Allegan County, Michigan sentenced disabled protective mother Maria Melinn to jail for 21 days in response to non payment of child support.
Maria has been unable to work and thus pay child support due to her medically diagnosed disability. Maria’s ex-husband broke her back during a rage of anger.
The judge chose to ignore the physician’s report that Maria is disabled and cannot work. The judge refused to acknowledge legal documentation that Karin Huffer M.S. Marriage Family Therapist author of “Legal Abuse Syndrome” helped Maria fill out under the American Disabilities Act (A.D.A.). In addition, this judge also chose not to provide accommodations for Maria’s disability, which he’s required to do under the ADA.
On November 6th 2009, Maria was sentenced and served 10 days in jail. This was for buying a pack of cigarettes in the last six months. The judge reasoned that if Maria can buy cigarettes, she can pay child support. Maria was unable to inform the judge that her cigarettes were bought by a family member, because she was so shocked.
Currently, this judge has threatened to put her in jail again without accommodations. Maria’s disability has been recognized by the federal government by the receipt of a settlement. Please help this disabled mother.
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