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Kids Sue Mom for “Bad Mothering”

Posted by on May. 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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This is funny... WHat are these kids thinking????

Kids Sue Mom for “Bad Mothering” But Judge Dismisses Case

Last week an Illinois appeals court dismissed a case brought by two children against their mom for “bad mothering,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

Steven Miner II, 23, and his sister Kathryn, 20, of Barrington Hills, Illinois, filed the suit against Kimberly Garrity two years ago, asking for more than $50,000 for “emotional distress.”

What qualified as “bad mothering?” From the Tribune:

The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then-7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, “haggling” over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.

The story continues:

Among the exhibits filed in the case is a birthday card Garrity sent her son, who in his lawsuit sought damages because the card was “inappropriate” and failed to include cash or a check. He also alleged she failed to send a card for years or, while he was in college, care packages.

The siblings were represented by three attorneys including their father, Steven A. Miner. According to the Tribune, Garrity divorced Miner in 1995 after ten years of marriage.

The father asserted that this case was “no different from a patient suing a physician ‘for bad doctoring.’” In court papers, he wrote, “Everyone makes mistakes, but … there must be accountability for actions. Parenting is no different.”

The mother’s attorney said the children’s suit was “orchestrated by their father.” From the Tribune:

In court papers, Garrity’s attorney Shelley Smith said the “litany of childish complaints and ingratitude” in the lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt by Garrity’s ex-husband to “seek the ultimate revenge” of having her children accuse her of “being an inadequate mother.”

In dismissing the case, the court said mother’s conduct was not “extreme or outrageous.” A victory for the kids, it said, “could potentially open the floodgates to subject family child rearing to … excessive judicial scrutiny and interference.”

by on May. 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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mamma2B666
by on May. 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM

BUMP!!

LoveMyLos
by on May. 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

they shouldve sued someone for being so stupid. they wouldve been trillionaires.

Hilary799
by Gold Member on May. 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM
She should sue them for dragging her name through the mud!
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CadesMum
by Gold Member on May. 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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Wow. What brats!
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HistoryNutty
by Ruby Member on May. 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Did that really happen? I can believe it, but it's just... STUPID.
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rebeccasmommy09
by Silver Member on May. 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
WTH! I have to agree with the Mother's attorney.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on May. 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Saaaaaad. 

LucyMom08
by BS Intolerant on May. 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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They have bigger problems than "bad mothering"
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Thelmama
by Ruby Member on May. 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
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Those kids are not kids, they are grown ups and if they want to know what life of bad parenting is, they should talk to some adult survivors of child abuse. No money in a card? Waaaaaaaaaaah.  Grow up, stand on your own two feet and get a life.  The father should be sanctioned for wasting the courts time.

Sounds like the father wanted to air his bitterness.  Glad it was thrown out. What spoiled, rotten GROWN kids. How dare a mother want her child home on time or gasp make a child fasten a seat belt.  The horror of a mother who wants those things.  


If I was the judge I'd have read them the riot act.

beaularson91
by Ruby Member on May. 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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she should have countersued her kids for being so gallible for going along with their dads idea and sue the dad for being dumb and for slander

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