Breast Cancer Costs Mom Custody
Kids should be with 'non-ill parent': psychologist
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 13, 2011 10:02 AM CDT
Alaina Giordano loses child custody fight due to breast cancer.   (ABC News)

(Newser) – A judge says a North Carolina mom must send her kids to live with their dad in Chicago—in part because she’s battling cancer, Jezebel reports. Alaina Giordano’s children have been living with her since their father moved for a job. Her stage-4 breast cancer isn’t progressing, but the judge pointed to a psychologist’s statement in her decision to grant primary custody to Kane Snyder: “The more contact (the children) have with the non-ill parent, the better they do. Children want a normal childhood, and it is not normal with an ill parent.” The ruling also cited Giordano's current unemployment; she's a freelance writer and editor.

“It makes no sense to take them away from me because you don't know how long I'm going to live ... Everybody dies and none of us knows when,” Giordano told ABC News. Giordano says she can't move to Chicago because of her treatment at the Duke Cancer Institute, meaning she won’t see the kids except on weekends and holidays—and she can’t afford flights back and forth. Besides, basing a ruling on health sets a dangerous precedent, says an expert: “It's not a big jump from, 'I don't want Mom to have custody because she has stage 4 cancer' to 'I don't want Mom to have custody because she's a smoker.’”

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Riffran
May 13, 2011 3:47 PM CDT
brilliant move there "judge"......Mom is in all likelihood dying...so lets just take away what little time she may have left with her children after all she is a goner. The kids don't need to know the truth about how sad life can be :( dying...so lets just take away what little time she may have left with her children after all she is a goner. The kids don't need to know the truth about how sad life can be :(
AustinFound
May 13, 2011 11:58 AM CDT
Should every American with an illness have their kids taken away from them? And if not, why this one lady? I sometimes work with folks who are ill or disabled, and they like to refer to the rest of us as temporarily abled. And I think it's poignant. We all get sick someday. Someone needs to get this judge a high school level intro to biology book and explain to this idiot that illness is normal. I get really tired of scientifically illiterate people making decisions that effect us all.
mrag
May 13, 2011 11:46 AM CDT
Duke may not be the only place in America for successful cancer treatment, but if you've ever had a life threatening illness, you'll find you want YOUR doctors for whatever are YOUR reasons. And with an illness you need a "support network" such as friends and family. Where are they-North Carolina. Who they hell does anyone know in Chicago? I do hope there is more to this story than presented here because it does seem tragically wrong on any number of levels.