Archives for November 2012

Court Issues Temporary Orders

Everyone,

I apologize, again, for the late update, but as you will hear in my upcoming paragraphs, there’s a good reason.

First, though, I know many of you are anxious to hear what happened in court.

This last hearing was to determine temporary custody orders. (Permanent orders will be issued at a later trial, probably in about three months.)

Over the course of the last three days, testimony was given by friends, experts, and the parents themselves. The judge’s job was to carefully listen to the testimony and determine what was in the best interest of the children.

The last witness to present testimony was the Amicus Attorney, or rather, the attorney appointed by the Court for the children.

He recommended that even though it may be perceived as unfair, it was in the best interests of the children to stay with their father. He also recommended that Cindy’s fourteen hours of visitation be reduced to six hours.

The judge concurred with most of his recommendations, however, she ordered some caveats that I believe are intended to strengthen the mother-child relationship and protect the best interests of the twins.

Of course, we were all crushed by the reduction of visitation hours, but with the exception of that, Cindy has been remarkably positive about the Court’s ruling and is looking forward to working with the Court to become an active part of her children’s lives.

During the proceedings, I understand that the custody issues were severed from the maternity issue, which means that they are now two separate proceedings. Because of that, and in an effort to protect her children’s best interests, Cindy has indicated that she wants to comment very little, if at all, on any custody matters.

Cindy will be posting on the Facebook page later today to personally thank all of you for being so supportive. I know that she takes a lot of strength and comfort from your posts.

We will continue to update this website and the Facebook page as events progress.

–Danielle

BREAKING: JUDGE FINDS THAT CINDY IS THE MOTHER!!

Specifically, the court “FINDS that Cindy Close is the mother of the children as a matter of law and GRANTS Cindy Close’s motion for partial summary judgment on Marvin McMurrey, III’s claim against her that she is not the mother of these children.”

There is also an “Order on Cindy’s Close’s No-Evidence Motion for Summary Judgement” that ‘FINDS that there is no evidence to support Petitioner, Marvin McMurrey , III’s claim that Cindy Close’s “role was that of or [sic] a surrogate or gestational carrier” for the children the subject of this declaratory judgment actioin as a matter of law and GRANTS Cindy Close’s no-evidence motion for partial summary judgment on Marvin McMurrey, III’s claim.’

Hot dog!

Washday Blues

Today was wash day in my house, and since I like to joke that I’m Cindy’s official laundress, I guess it was only right that I ended up doing laundry for the babies today, too.

This morning Cindy called me to tell me that all of the clothes that we had painstakingly washed, folded and put away for twins were now too small for them. Since she was at work, I volunteered to go through the clothes and sort out the ones that were now too small, and to wash , fold and put away clothes in the next biggest size.

This was  the first batch of clothes that I culled. Some of them still have the tags on them. (Obviously those outfits hadn’t been put in with the washed and folded clothes yet.) With the exception of several preemie onsies, the babies never even had a chance to wear any of these outfits. I pray that they will be back with Cindy before they outgrow this batch, too.

–Danielle