The Philadelphia family court’s decision to grant custody to an ex-wife is the most bizarre case ever: “The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit”
By The Associated PressApril 18, 2020 09:47:07The Philadelphia family courts’ decision to give custody to a former wife is the least-bizarre case ever, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
The 4th Circuit, the second-highest federal appeals panel in the country, said it was “appalled” by the family court judge’s decision.
The decision from U.S. District Judge Stephen Reinhart means the former wife could be held in contempt of court by the Philadelphia family law court and face up to six months in jail for contempt of the court.
She has said she will seek to sue the Philadelphia court in civil court.
The former wife, whose name has not been released, has a 10-year-old son and said she has been abused by the former husband for decades.
Her lawyer, Michael Breslow, said Reinhart’s decision “sends a powerful message that women in Philadelphia are not valued or valued as citizens and should not be treated as property.”
He called the family courts “totally dysfunctional.”