A Navy submariner recently found himself in a rather sticky wicket. He's been ordered to appear in court next week for a custody hearing about his daughter. But in all likelihood, he won't be able to make it--because he's out in the Pacific.
Navy submariner Matthew Hindes is stationed on a submarine in the Pacific. But he’s been ordered to appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday in a custody battle with his ex-wife Angela involving their daughter, Kaylee.From the looks of it, Hindes should be protected by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which allows a judge to grant active-duty servicemen a minimum 90-day stay for any civil proceeding. But Lewanee County circuit judge Margaret Noe refused to grant one, and refused to allow Hindes to appear via Skype or phone. As a result, Hindes may not only lose custody of Kaylee, but may not get the chance to say goodbye. To put it mildly, this is a travesty.
Hindes was given permanent custody of Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from Angela’s home by child protective services. Kaylee has been living with Hindes’ wife Benita-Lynn – her step-mother – in Washington state while Hindes is deployed aboard a nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean.
Despite Hindes’ assignment, a judge has ordered Hindes to appear in court or face contempt.
The Hindes family has started a Facebook page to publicize their cause, "Justice for the Hindes Family." They've also started a petition asking their local congressman, Tim Walberg, to intervene. Sign here.