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NOT In the Child's Best Interest
Revolutionary child custody book drives away fear and empowers fit parents

Revolutionary child custody book that parents love and judges hate because it empowers fit parents while exposing that judges injure children every day. 20 chapters crammed full of life changing knowledge for a fraction of what an attorney charges for a single hour is a no brainer.

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Inside the Book...

A quick glance at the topics you'll learn


  • Does Divorce invite the State to be a Super Parent?
  • Rights of parents deserve protection.
  • Does Divorce strip you of parental rights?
  • We decided to change the system.
    • We show parents how to protect their rights
    • America was founded upon Individual Freedoms
    • State has no power to challenge parental fitness in divorce.
    • Parental rights are "individual rights" not tied to marriage.
    • How divorce court judges are like King George.
    • Preserving constitutional rights from day one.
    • Changing the system through the courts.
    • Changing the system through the courts.
    • Changing the system through legislation.
    • Changing the system by teaching parents and their attorneys that we are all a movement of fit parents.

  • The False Assumptions in Child Custody
    • There can only be one parent
    • The "best" parent is the one parent
    • The State can choose the "best" parent and reduce the other parent to a visitor without proving unfitness or immanent danger to the child?
    • The child Must have only one home.
    • The child Must have only one home.
    • Divorced parents cannot put their child first if they are in disagreement with each other.
    • Courts must protect the status quo established during the marriage.
    • Parents' and child's rights are in conflict.
    • Parents who fight for rights don't care about their child.
    • Courts protect the child.
    • Children have a right to be heard.
    • Experts make better parental choices.
    • Non-custodial parent is a deadbeat-parent.
    • Parent's profession determines fitness as a parent.
    • The traditional lifestyle is "best."
    • The Court Must protect child from danger.
    • The child should choose.
    • Disagreeing parents harm the child.
    • Parents must prove they are good parents.
    • Parents must co-parent
    • Joint custody doesn't have to be least restrictive
    • Distance between the parents' residences determines custody time
    • Family structure must survive.
    • No-fault divorce causes the problems.
    • Marriage is the source of parental rights.
    • The Best Interest standard is sufficient to violate fundamental parental rights.

  • Troxel v. Granville introduced
  • Trial Court authority may NOT be presumed.
  • Declares parental rights to be fundamental.
  • Troxel provides important case histories.
  • Troxel sets a baseline of constitutional protection for parental rights.

  • Parental Rights explained.
  • There is nothing "venerable" about best interest, sorry Justice Scalia.
  • What makes divorcing parents less deserving of constitutional protections?
  • What makes children of divorce less deserving of constitutional protections?
  • Children have fundamental rights of their own that deserve protection.
  • The current system absolutely denies fundamental rights.
  • State statutes presume away fundamental rights, unlawfully.
  • Why parents are terrified of child custody courts.
  • The bar is supposed to be much higher for parental rights.
  • Follow the money.
  • You have a right to disagree with your ex and to explain to your child why.
  • Children were once considered property as were women.
  • Debunked, unequal custody is necessary to protect child support.
  • Parents are NOT visitors.
  • Judges have NO moral authority, they are the problem.
  • Respect for the fundamental rights of children and of their parents will change everything.

  • Due process and equal protection explained.
  • Procedural due process.
  • Substantive due process.
  • "Why would I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away?"
  • Rights are individually protected.
  • First Amendment protects parental rights.
  • State courts ignore parental rights precedent because parents allow them to.

  • Strict Scrutiny explained.
  • Compelling Interest explained.
    • The child's best interest simply is NOT compelling.
  • Narrow Tailoring explained.
  • Least Restrictive Means explained.
    • This is the path to 50/50 custody, NOT equal protection.
  • Title IV-D is Federal meddling.
  • Manufactured basis for child support.
  • Temporary orders are not generally appealable.

  • Divorced parents are a despised class of litigant.
  • The importance of the rights being individual rights.
  • Divorce courts purposefully confuse or muddy terms.
  • No legal basis to deprive divorced parents of rights.
  • Invidious classification of parents.
  • Three states of marriage.
  • Divorce and child custody proceedings are insufficient venues to challenge parental fitness.
  • Nuclear families and "intact" families are a myth because the constitution protects association rights in pairs of two.
  • Examples of how states express their bias against divorced parents.
  • States have zero authority to presume away fundamental rights.
  • We must expose their biases and prejudices to the light of day.

  • Equal Protection explained.
  • Tolerance and respect for differences.
  • Historical equal protection battles explain some dysfunction of divorce courts.
  • Eliminating sex discrimination confused divorce and child custody courts.
  • Why Best Interest is an evil concept.
  • Best interest invokes a wall of emotional fury against divorcing parents.
  • Parental rights being individual rights are equal regardless of marital status.
  • Suspect classification and why divorced should be a suspect classification.
  • States unlawfully presume authority to discriminate when classifying parents in divorce.
  • Private biases against divorced parents cannot lawfully be given the effect of law.
  • Divorced parents deserve equal protection but are being unlawfully denied.
  • Acknowledging and protecting parental rights equally is the least restrictive path.
  • State presumptions against parental rights are invalid.
  • What is the real purpose of any given child custody statute?
  • The constitution does NOT permit unequal treatment of divorced and married parents.
  • Parental rights are privacy rights.
  • How divorce and child custody courts purposefully use misleading language.

  • Basic government structure explained.
  • U.S. Constitution establishes our government.
  • Thirteen independent sovereigns.
  • Bill of Rights came later.
  • Parental rights were protected by property law.
  • Power of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Failure to plead, argue, and object may waive constitutional rights.
  • Divorce and Child Custody courts get angry when you raise your rights because they fear losing their unlawful powers.
  • Acting pro se.

  • The Fourteenth Amendment explained.
  • Fundamental liberties explained.
  • Supreme Court generally protects constitutional rights.
  • Penumbral rights explained.
  • The Bill of Rights is NOT an exhaustive list of our rights.
  • Best Interest is NOT a fundamental right.
  • A history of states clinging to lost powers explains much of child custody disfunction.
  • Divorce and child custody courts must respect rights with least restrictive orders.

  • Undue Burden explained.
  • States may NOT unduly interfere with exercise of fundamental rights.
  • Separation of state interests and individual fundamental interests.
  • Strict scrutiny applies to parental rights.

  • Parens Patriae explained.
  • Parental rights are Natural rights NOT state granted rights.
  • What is the State's legitimate interests in protecting children?
  • Rights enjoyed by the child that must be protected from the judge.
  • Interference in parental rights limits the rights of the child which depend upon parental rights.
  • State authority must be properly triggered before it may be lawfully exercised.
  • States are profoundly biased against divorced parents.
  • Parens patriae authority is limited by due process.
  • The State lacks a legitimate trigger to exercise parens patriae authority in child custody cases.

  • First Amendment rights explained.
  • The right and duty to educate one's child directly is protected by the First Amendment.
  • Unequal possession time violates First Amendment rights.
  • First Amendment rights are strongly protected with a robust body of case law.
  • Example where parental rights of gay men were denied because of their sexuality.
  • The Free Exercise clause is an independent source of parental authority for religious teaching.
  • Early parental rights cases were based on religious expression.
  • Use your First Amendment rights because they are strongly protected.

  • Unreasonable Search and Seizure explained, the Fourth Amendment.
  • Family studies violate the Fourth Amendment.
  • It is cruel to make children testify against a fit parent.
  • Removal of a child from a parent is "a penalty" says the Supreme Court.
  • Family studies are garbage that judges either apply or ignore arbitrarily depending upon whether or not the study supports the court's viewpoint.
  • Family studies are imposed through intimidation alone because judge's know they are unlawful.
  • Unrestrained judicial discretion is unlawful.
  • You must plead for, argue for, and object against violations of your right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures.
  • If they child custody court has already taken your parental rights, it has given you a great power to fight back.

  • The Fifth Amendment's freedom from self-incrimination and double jeopardy explained.
  • Child custody proceedings are undeniably designed to punish parents for making marital choices the State disfavors.
  • Self incrimination explained.
  • What you say before the court is undeniably used against you to punish you.
  • Parents have no lawful cause of action against the constitutional rights of the other parent.
  • Deprivation of parental rights requires the full protections of a parental fitness or a termination trial.
  • Best Interest cannot justify depriving the child of constitutional rights.
  • Child custody hearings are unlawfully used to bypass strong protections against parental termination.
  • The constitution provides strong protections for children.
  • Double Jeopardy explained.
  • Fear of harm to a child cannot justify eliminating constitutional protections for parent and child.

  • How the Fourth and Fifth Amendments act as one explained.
  • Nuances involved in asserting your constitutional rights.
  • Child custody proceedings are without any doubt, state action against individuals.
  • Child custody proceedings are quai-criminal.
  • "They way we do things here" is likely an unlawful way of doing things.

  • Sixth Amendment criminal trial protections explained.
  • Prosecutors as state actors must be impartial, consequently, parents cannot act as the state's prosecutor and thus have no individual cause of action against the other parent's rights.
  • Discussion of civil limitations as punishment.

  • How the constitution can provide a workable model to protect children, to protect children, and to protect the legitimate interests of the State.
  • An overview of the interests at issue?
  • How two parents manage conflict while married vs how conflict must be managed post-divorce.
  • Attachment theory applied in custody cases creates content based violation of First Amendment rights.
  • Under this new model when parents divorce, they retain full and equal child custody rights and need not fear loss of a child nor need the child fear loss of a parent.
  • The right of parents to disagree regarding matters of conscience in child-rearing will be fully protected.
  • Choices one made when married cannot be locked in post-divorce nor applied to justify loss of rights.
  • Divorce is a change of circumstances and parents are entitled to make radical lifestyle changes as a result without fear of losing a child.
  • Children will NEVER testify against either parent for any reason.
  • When introducing the child to the parents' divorce, parents can promise the child that it will continue to have two full and equal parents.
  • The constitution protects two individual homes for the child.
  • The constitution protects the individual right to raise one's child equally with the other parent.
  • Divorce can be handled without any fear of losing parental rights, depriving it of a massive emotional source of legal conflict.
  • Children will NOT become empowered to leverage fear of a child custody judge to dictate to their parents how they will be raised.
  • The constitution is fully capable of governing extenuating or special circumstances. Where two fit parents agree on child-rearing an iron wall of privacy is placed between them and the judge.
  • Current parenting plan enforcement mechanisms are extremely difficult, expensive, and uncertain. We provide a much more user friendly and effective alternative.
  • Child support is direct by each parent and constitutionally set to the minimum reasonable needs of the child just as for married parents.
  • Parens Patriae powers are NOT automatically triggered and when they are legitimately triggered, their exercise is strictly limited by due process.
  • Current family law practices are based on 19th Century concepts of constitutional protections for family rights. We need to bring family law practices fully into the 21st Century.

  • An introduction to important family law options of the Supreme Court.
    • Troxel v. Granville
    • Meyer v. Nebraska
    • Pierce v. Society of Sisters
    • Prince v. Massachusetts
    • Stanley v. Illinois
    • Wisconsin v. Yoder
    • Quilloin v. Walcott
    • Parham v. J.R.
    • Santoskey v. kramer
    • Washington v. Glucksberg

  • Wrapping up.
  • The constitution limits state actions.
  • Charges of unfitness must go through the DA.
  • Family law courts routinely violate constitutional rights.
  • There is far too much emotion showing in divorce and child custody opinions.
  • States cannot violate parents' rights or the child's rights to their parents.
  • These changes will take billions of dollars from the system and give it back to the children.

  • 89 pages of reference material
  • Going to the Source: We go directly to the source, the United States Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts, to get our information on how the constitution applies and how it should apply in family law cases.
  • Troxel v. Granville: We provide the text of the opinion with author commentary discussing each important element. Use this to see how we approach reading these options and how you can strongly argue that Troxel protects your rights.
  • Bibliography: We provide ninety-seven specific references to case law or other authorities used in this book.
  • Endnotes: We provide 26 pages of endnote citations specifically linked to pages within the book.
  • Index: The book is powerfully indexed so that you can effectively cross-reference the topics discussed everywhere they are discussed in the book.

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Confidence and a path forward

The knowledge that there is a path forward gave me the confidence to go there more calm. $400/hr attorney beat by a pro per . . . . Sherry and Ron’s material helps you shift to a more favorable arena. It has shifted my entire outlook and perspective. I now walk into court more calm and confident. I think that new attitude is helping turn the tide.

Review by Dad in California
I'm Grateful

I’m grateful for the guidance of Ron and Sherry Palmer for giving me the push. Many of us would not be where we are if it were not for them.

Review by Mother in Connecticut.
I will forever be grateful

Your help in court gained me the right to see all of my children and, while it is far from perfect, you gave me the strength and knowledge to at least fight for our rights. For that, I will forever be grateful.

Review by Mario
A must read.

And I bought the motions package. I “won” a two-day hearing as a pro-se.

Review by Father in California
Fired my attorney and won my custody case

I read your book, fired my attorney and won my custody case against a corrupt judicial district, lawless county sheriff’s department and a group of crooked lawyers. Nobody believed in me except me. Your book is worth hundreds of dollars!

Review by Mother in Kansas
A new voice and a strategy

I felt like I had a voice and I could choose to say no if needed. . . . now I feel like we have a much better position to work on our new strategy. My son’s dad even let him call me later that day for the first time in years.

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