Here is the 14th in a series of Divorce Corp polls. Please vote only once. Many have asked if we would track the voting from men and women separately, so we are giving that a try. We will post the results after we have received a statistically significant number of votes.
The results here are somewhat surprising, but reassuring. There is a vocal contingent of anti-domestic-violence activists who claim that requiring a jury to take away a parent’s custody rights would place too high of a burden of proof in cases where there are allegations of domestic violence or abuse. In real cases of domestic violence or abuse, this is a concern. Nevertheless, allowing a single judge, often on a knee-jerk response, to take away someone’s rights to raise their children is an unsatisfactory solution. It’s analogous to adding a speed bump to highway, only worse – it’s like erecting a wall on the highway. Yes, it may serve the needs of a segment of society, but it completely strips away the rights of a much larger segment of society, and it denies children access to a fit, capable parent in the vast majority of cases. Given that only 11% of women and 5% of men believe that a single judge should make these life-altering decisions, we believe it is time to change the laws to require a jury trial (subject to a short-term restraining order pending a speedy trial in criminal court). If you wish to get involved in our reform efforts, please sign up at divorcecorp.com/reform. Thank you.