Mail Online reported that Matthew Hindes from Washington State has been put in an impossible situation after being ordered to appear in court as part of a custody battle to keep his six-year-old daughter Kaylee, despite being thousands of miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Even though there is no way he can physically be present at the custody hearing, Michigan circuit court judge Margaret Noe won’t move the date of the hearing so Matthew’s 6 year old daughter Kaylee may end up living with his ex-wife Angela, and Mathew not able to defend himself or say goodbye to his daughter.
Navy submariner Matthew Hindes is serving on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean, yet Noe has ordered him to appear in a Michigan courtroom on Monday – or a warrant for his arrest will be issued on top of losing his daughter.
Kaylee has been living with Matthew’s new wife Benita-Lynn in Washington state while he is deployed aboard a nuclear submarine.
Matthew hopes that judge Noe will allow Kaylee to live with her stepmother
Mathew’s lawyers argued that he should be protected by the Service members Civil Relief Act, which states courts in custody cases may ‘grant a stay of proceedings for a minimum period of 90 days’ to defendants serving their country but judge Margaret Noe, disagreed, adding, ‘If the child is not in the care and custody of the father, the child should be in the care and custody of the mother.’
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