Matthew Hindes, a father and U.S. Navy sailor on active duty and stationed on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean, has been ordered by a Michigan judge to appear in court or he could lose custody of his daughter, and be arrested for contempt. Hindes requested a stay of the hearing for 90 days under the "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act," cited also by his commanders. The judge has refused to adjourn the hearing.
In 2010, Kaylee Hindes' mother was found to have neglected her and custody of Kaylee was awarded to Matthew Hindes. Apparently the mother is now complaining because Hindes left his daughter in the temporary care of his wife, Kaylee's step-mother, in Washington State while he is on active duty. Hindes' commanders cite the "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act" as a reason why the Michigan Court should give Hindes, an active duty service member, 90 days to make it back for court hearings. But the judge won't do it, because he says Hindes should have left the 6-year-old child with her mother while he was overseas.
Source: Eldridge, Keith, Local sailor ordered to be in court, despite being out to sea, KomoNews.com, Jun 17, 2014 [Accessed June 23, 2014]
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