Panel Grants Mother's Petition to Relocate to Mississippi

, New York Law Journal


The First Department said that although the mother is "not (yet) destitute" she had shown that she could not support the child "beyond the subsistence level" in New York.

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  • Joan C

    This story is a disgrace. Thank god the Appellate Division ruled in the mother's favor, but it seems obvious that Ivy Cook is incompetent and should be reprimanded. This mother was held hostage by a biased original decision that favored a deadbeat Dad over a mother's need to relocate for economic survival -- in the Great Recession! I am also a horse woman -- confining someone who previously made a living as a riding instructor to a city that no longer has a stable - is an insane and abusive intrusion into our lives. What can be done about people like Ivy Cook? Where is the quick legal relief for someone driven into poverty by our court system? This is a Dicken's Bleak House story -- an arbitrary, capricious, life-sapping, destructive system. The only redeeming grace note is the Appellate court. But it should not have to take years and years and years for a sane resolution. Again, who will do something about the Ivy Cooks in the system? Her name should become as anathema as Uriah Heep. What a nightmare. Thank you for running this story. We are all responsible when our courts go to hell like this.

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