Over the past three years of dealing with Worley on the front lines, I have thought deeply about what I want in a judicial candidate for family court. Below, I articulate a few questions we should all be asking ourselves about our family court judges. Worley, I challenge to you answer these questions. I challenge you to be transparent about your underlying mental construct which informs your judicial decision-making. Voters have a right to know where you stand on these issues. Your silence could belie an unwillingness on your part to allow voters to decide for themselves. Ramblings about YWCA rallies and donating to children with autism are the politically-motivated actions to which we constituents are accustomed. What do you have to offer regarding the following questions?
First, in applying the best interest analysis in custody proceedings, please specifically delineate what factors you consider in determining the best interest of a child?
Second, is it your opinion that parents should, in the majority of cases, share 50-50 custody of the children? If so, please explain in detail why you believe your opinion should influence a legal proceeding? Isn't it the case that legal proceedings should be governed by our Constitution, state statute and common law?
Third, what is your understanding, and from where did you gain this understanding, of personality disorders in adults and how those personality disorders can impact communication between parents and the success or failure of custody arrangements?
Fourth, describe your stance on parallel parenting. Please supply factual and statistical data to support your stance on this controversial form of parenting.
I have lots more questions, but this is a great start. We are waiting, Judge Worley. We deserve answers.
What we're all about...
Wake County District Court Judge Anna E. Worley, elected in 2008 and up for re-election in 2012, has been a controversial figure in Wake County family courtrooms. Parents' stories range from curious to downright shocking. As a custodial parent required to endure Worley's apparent lack of wisdom and seemingly arbitrary decisions, I am fighting back against a system whose very slowness and apathy has caused great suffering for my children. After nearly 3 years in Judge Worley's "family" court room, I have emerged with sole legal and primary physical custody of my three children. As thankful as I am for my own personal custody hell to be over, the years spent in Judge Worley's courtroom, the months spent awaiting orders rendered to be entered, the letters written to staff and the Chief Justice to force entry of a final order were nothing short of excruciating for my three children and myself. I will work tirelessly to ensure that I make the public aware of Worley's philosophy, rulings, and courtroom demeanor. Citizens must vote from a position of knowledge rather than ignorance.