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Charise and the girls’ court-appointed lawyer sit at the prosecution table inside the courtroom. This trial is to determine whether David should receive visits with Payton during his incarceration; Ruth signing the paperwork is a side note.
“Regardless of the bond with her father, I don’t believe it’s in her best interest to visit her father in prison. She would spend six hours in the car for, at best, a one-hour visit.”
David’s lawyer has long, curly blonde hair that brushes her shoulders as she shakes her head, disagreeing. Her pear-shaped body is dressed in a black skirt suit. With thin lips and a large nose, her face lacks just enough attractiveness to label her beautiful. “There are new laws that went into effect this year to protect parental rights,” she argues. “These laws require that the County offer visits if the child is bonded to the imprisoned parent.
“Your Honor, my client has a bond with the child. I would like to call the maternal grandmother and the child’s current caregiver, to testify.”
Carole sits down in the witness stand.
“As Payton’s current caregiver, do you believe she has a bond with her father?” David’s lawyer remains seated; I expected her to strut around the courtroom as they do on television.
“Oh yes,” Carole’s voice shakes slightly. “He drew a picture of her. It’s hanging on the refrigerator and when I ask who drew it, she says, ‘Daddy.’
“David sends letters and calls. They have conversations and she calls him Daddy.”
Next, David struts to the front of the courtroom. He sits in the chair and leans back. I have no doubt he’d put up his feet if he could. “I love my daughter. I made some mistakes in the past, which I regret.” His lip curls slightly. Slick as an oil spill, I doubt what he says is true. “I worked at a grocery store as a bagger and got laid off. We needed money and I got involved in forgery.”
After the evidence is presented, the judge says he’ll look over the laws and render his verdict next week. He also moves Paige’s case from Family Reunification to Adoptions.
Leaving the building, Andrew says, “That was like an episode of Night Court!” I snort, only giving him half my attention.
The bizarre circumstances seating us on the defense side of the courtroom is counterintuitive to our plans to adopt Paige. I feel blessed to be on the same side as Paige’s biological family.
How strange yet fortunate that Carole smiled broadly when Ruth and David refused services for Paige. But will she change her mind if Ruth and David get their act together?
My breath catches in my throat thinking of the possibility.