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Kim Fosse letter: Omdahl could not be more off base

Lloyd Omdahl's column in the Saturday, April 29, Forum about the proposed family reform law prompted me to write my first letter to the editor. I have read and listened to some of the information regarding the reform law and think it may be a pos...

Lloyd Omdahl's column in the Saturday, April 29, Forum about the proposed family reform law prompted me to write my first letter to the editor.

I have read and listened to some of the information regarding the reform law and think it may be a positive change.

My husband has two children from a previous marriage who live in another state. He always has been a great father and has never missed a child support payment or obligation. I take offense that Omdahl assumes it's the man's fault for the majority of divorces due to lack of commitment, being intolerable or unfaithful. The door swings both ways. I believe that men generally get the shaft in custody/ divorce issues.

We are currently embroiled in a year long, costly battle to get some simple ground rules established, such as accessibility for communication with the kids, meeting halfway or getting credit for expenses for exchanging the children, getting medical bills in a timely fashion so we can stay current on payment and notification when the kids do get medical attention. These should be simple issues to resolve, yet still no decision. Not to mention, one of my stepchildren wants to live here with us which could only entail who knows what to accomplish. All I know is I have faith in God, but not in the courts or lawyers.

He mentions "deadbeat parents" who fail to pay support. I feel if they are not willing to provide for their kids, then their rights should be limited.

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Saddest of all is that the children are the biggest losers of all. In our case, they are missing out on a kind, loving, generous man who just wants to be their dad.

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