The second day of the hearing in the Ft. Worth parental rights case took place on Tuesday. The judge interviewed the now fourteen-year-old girl in his chambers without attorneys present at the request of attorneys for the father so she could avoid the pressure and stress of testifying in front of her grandparents in open court.
The judge refused to accept the argument made by the father’s attorneys that the issue of contempt of court, for moving without giving the grandparents his new address back in 2008, had been resolved during the jury trial last year. This means that the judge is considering the request of the grandparents to find this dad in contempt of court and jail him. Also under consideration is the grandparents’ request to have dramatically expanded court-ordered visitation with their granddaughter that would be consistent with what a parent would receive in a divorce case.
The judge said he would try to issue a ruling in the case, one that he hoped would be a final ruling, by July 2, although he did say he would be on vacation for two weeks after that and it could be as late as July 23. Please continue to pray for this father and his daughter.