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D&D used as a weapon in a child custody case

Posted by WJWalton on Sat 15 of Aug., 2009 19:07 PDT
Forum user Hemlock posted this in the Advocacy forum yesterday:

Well To make a long story shorter my brother is involved in a custody hearing for his son. Dungeons and Dragons has been brought up in a very bad way trying to link it to his religion (not a bad one but not christian) and find him unfit. Basically is there any help out there for this. I really don't beleive his lawyer is qualified enough in this area to help. A psychologist has been called in to testify and he must really hate the game. I also have a feeling it is going to get worse. But as this is a semi-informal hearing it is an anything goes thing. (And from what I am hearing it really will be) Thanks for reading.

Sadly, this isn't the first time I've heard of D&D or other RPGs being used as ammunition in a child custody case.

I've given him all of the advice I can muster, plus a little that some of my friends have suggested. This includes giving links to studies on RPGs and Christian roleplaying clubs to the defense lawyer, and contacting the ACLU and Paul Cardwell from the CAR-PGa.

I've also offered to post his story here, to make it a bit more public, gather some more advice, and to pass it along to him. So if you have any legal experience, or even some good advice, and would like to help, please contact me and I'll pass it along.

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