Last month we discussed the plight of a U.S. Navy sailor, who while deployed, was almost held in contempt by a Michigan state family court. The sailor was embroiled in a custody case with his ex-wife. She lives in Michigan, while he and his current wife and daughter from his first marriage live in Washington State when he is not deployed on his submarine.
His daughter was the subject of the child custody hearing. His ex-wife had lost custody of the girl in 2010 when she was removed from her home by Michigan Child Protective Services and was now attempting to modify her loss of custody. The judge misunderstood why the father had failed to appear at the hearing and the judge felt she had no choice but to hold him in contempt of court.