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Jailing children in a divorce case?

In probably the craziest divorce order I have ever seen, family law Judge Lisa Gorcyca, of Oakland County, Michigan, jailed three children who refused to visit with their father during their parents' divorce case.

The children, aged 14, 10, and 9, were ordered to have a "healthy relationship" with their father. The children refused, and were subsequently ordered to live at juvenile hall until they turn 18. The report states that the divorce had been ongoing for five years, and that it is a messy divorce with allegations of kidnapping and parental alienation.

The children have been at the juvenile center for two weeks, and neither parent is allowed to visit them. This ruling must certainly violate the right to freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, as provided for in the Eighth Amendment. In an even more shocking twist, apparently the father has the ability to have the children released if he feels that they have learned their lesson. However, the father left for Israel for work, and is not expected back for another two weeks.

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