“Based on True Events,” Bully the Novel by Emme Dun
1. Bully is a Novel “based on true events.” Why not just tell the true story/ies?
Because the court still has jurisdiction over the children involved in some of the cases and the court has shown itself to be quite punitive.
2. What are some of the “true events” that inspired Bully?
3. Same-Sex Marriage is legal, so why is this still important?
Because courts across the country continue to issue orders granting custody to non-parents without any legal constraints other than the broad “best interest of the child” standard.
For example, in March 2017, a New York court issued a “tri-custody” order where it granted custody of a child to the father, mother and a non-parent. Essentially, the child has two parents and one custodian and must spend his time “ping ponging” from house to house to house. What happens when you have four adults, or six adults, parents, step parents, etc. who all want to play a role raising a child?
Also, because there are no real rules governing custodians, courts unilaterally decide what rights and responsibilities those custodians have. In the cases that inspired Bully, the “custodian” was given half of the “rights” to the child or half of the child’s time, including, vacations, holidays, split weeks, but was not given half the responsibility for the child.
This point cannot be overstated. Since these non-parents are “merely custodians,” the legally-recognized parent has no legally-recognized “right” to sue the non-parent for child/other support like tuition, insurance, savings for future education, inheritance, etc. Similarly, “We-The-People” have no right to “collect” from a judicially-declared custodian when that child receives governmental benefits such as food or cash assistance. In a typical case, if a single mother receives governmental benefits for her children, she must cooperate with the government and assign any child support to reimburse the government for benefits paid. In one of the cases that inspired Bully, the judicially-declared “custodian” was never ordered to reimburse governmental benefits paid in support of the children.
4. A Warning for EVERY Parent, Heterosexual or LGBTQ
Every parent, especially those who find themselves in a so-called “non-traditional family arrangement,” i.e., single mom or dad, needs to wake up to the fact that on any given day, a family court can decide with whom you will be raising your child, regardless of your wishes, and you will be forced to bankroll it.