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Unfit: Ward vs. Ward (2012)

In 1995, Mary Ward filed for an increase in child support from her ex-husband. She was awarded the increase but never expected the firestorm that would ensue. Her ex-husband in turn filed ... See full synopsis »

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Penny Edmiston
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Jessica Acebo Jessica Acebo ... Self
Michelle Caldwell Michelle Caldwell ... Self
Charlene Carres Charlene Carres ... Self
Beatrice Dohrn Beatrice Dohrn ... Self
Carla Janes Carla Janes ... Self
Kate Kendell Kate Kendell ... Self
Michael Kenny Michael Kenny ... Self
Neena Malik Neena Malik ... Self
Leonard Pitts Jr. Leonard Pitts Jr. ... Self
Gretl Plessinger Gretl Plessinger ... Self
Ted Stokes Ted Stokes ... Self
Susan Walch Susan Walch ... Self
Cassey Ward Cassey Ward ... Self
Donna Welch Donna Welch ... Self
Douglas White Douglas White ... Self
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In 1995, Mary Ward filed for an increase in child support from her ex-husband. She was awarded the increase but never expected the firestorm that would ensue. Her ex-husband in turn filed for a complete modification of custody. Everyone thought this was a stunt by the father to avoid paying child support. Why would the state modify custody when Mary appeared to be a devoted mother? Her children were the center of her universe and she would do anything for them. And in the six years since their separation, the father had by all accounts been an absent parent. He was unclear as to what grade his daughter was in or which school she was attending. He didn't know that she had been in counseling for over a year to help with her ADD diagnosis. He was behind in child support, and the most time he had spent with the daughter was four consecutive days on a trip. Mostly he just saw her every other weekend for one day. He had a limited education, was prejudiced, lived in a trailer down a windy ...

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Who is more fit to raise a child: a convicted killer or a lesbian?

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Perhaps the best documentation of injustice against homosexuals ever produced.
3 May 2012 | by kenahonenSee all my reviews

Though I had read about the bizarre custody case of an 11 year old girl whose father, a convicted murderer, was awarded custody on the grounds that the mother was a lesbian, I never knew the amazing details until I saw this engrossing film at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The film brings up all the relevant facts that the courts either ignored or never knew about, hence the ridiculous ruling. But anyone who sees the film, and I hope the 4 judges who ruled on the case do, will wonder how in the world did such a grave injustice occur in the USA.

This was a mind-boggling and educational film rich in content (minus those who refused to be interviewed for the documentary), well-edited and paced, and something every citizen should see.


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30 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Pensacola, Florida, USA See more »

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