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Child chooses carer.

Federal Court Ruling from the Courier Mail, Australia

A seven year old boy was at the centre of a courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have care of him.

The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded care to his aunt, in keeping with the family law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have care of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary care to the Australian Cricket team, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant."

 
Thanks for the laugh Willfred. Much needed, and appreciated.
You had me suckered in the first lines. I thought, wow, the world has changed. A Judge is listening to a child. I forgot I was in hummourous posts!!!!! Ha Ha

Actually I was momentarily dazed due to memory recall.

I was eight when I called out in a Court room to the persons that everyone else seemed to be talking to. I called out" I have a father. No-one is saying anything about my father. I have a father". I was frog-marched out of the courtroom,and taken to a room with lots of books on shelves. Two youngish women said to  me that I better shut up and do as I was told, and let me alone in the room. No further memory. I have told one or two people before, but cannot remember who. So many secrets.

Your story has a better ending!!!!!!! Ha Ha
Baha.  What a classic.  I must admit you had me there for a while and I was thinking "Poor kid".
Absolutely brilliant. Good laugh.
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