Apr. 29, 2019
I am a native Michigan resident, my daughter was born in December 2008 in Tennessee. Since her birth, my child’s mother has made several attempts, using the juvenile court system, to keep my daughter from visiting me here in Michigan, effectively stifling any hope of a healthy relationship between us. The times my daughter has visited me have been nothing but positive.
At the end of 2017, Brittani Dial was assigned as the Guardian ad Litem in my case. Her role as I understand it is to represent the interest, and best interest, of my daughter. Instead of doing this, Ms. Dial has spent the entirety of 2018 making it as hard as possible for me to see my child. I do not believe scrutinizing and ultimately removing a child’s loving father from their life is ever in a child’s best interest. She recommended my daughter and I see a psychologist all year, who has confirmed the loving bond between my daughter and I, but did not bother to familiarize herself with these reports before making recommendations to the judge, in my opinion showing a clear bias. She recommended I make the 600 mile trip to Clarksville once a month, all year, my visitation being limited to Montgomery County as if I am a danger to my own child. When I expressed the financial, and psychological toll this was taking, along with my fears of discrimination being a factor in my mistreatment, Ms. Dial responded with a callous, “I don’t care how any of this makes you feel”. I have never experienced this level of coldness and dismissiveness from my daughter. Ms. Dial continues to stray further from the interest, and best interest, of my child and I do not recommend her.