A Chicago appeals court dismissed a “bad mothering” lawsuit against Kimberly Garrity filed by her children.
The two-year legal battle began when Steven II (now 23) and Kathryn Miner (age 20) filed a lawsuit against their mother Kimberly Garrity in 2009.
The children were represented by three attorneys including their father, Steven A. Miner.
Kimberly and Steven were married for 10 years and divorced in 1995 when their children were 7 and 4 years old. Their children were raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills home by their father.
In the lawsuit, the children claim:
*Garrity sometimes didn’t include cash or a check in birthday cards
*She played favorites with her children
*She told her son, then 7, during a car ride that she would take him to the police station if he didn’t buckle his seat belt
*She did not send her son care packages until his sixth semester away at college
*She changed her name after her 2nd marriage, thus “causing attention” at her daughter’s school events
*She haggled with her daughter over the price for a homecoming dress
* She let her daughter use her car for Homecoming but called her at midnight to come home for a curfew
The lawsuit sought more than $50,000 plus unspecified punitive damages from their mom, who was accused of “a course of conduct which has caused both the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress” to her children.
The court upheld a Cook County judge’s decision throwing out the lawsuit.
The appellate court stated that while Garrity’s actions may have been “unpleasant and perhaps insensitive,” they do not meet the legal standards of intentional infliction of emotional distress.
I don’t even know where to start with this one. Obviously, there are 2 sides to every story and it’s easy to judge based on the limited info we have.
However, I am SOOO glad this case got thrown out bc I don’t need Mo and B to have any grounds for a future lawsuit against me!
My boys have rules, chores, and a daily routine. They have a bedtime and will have a curfew once I let them out the house after dark (prolly when they’re 20).
I don’t indulge them with material gifts and presents. I try and teach them the value of a dollar.
I try to treat my sons equally and sometimes they both get on my nerves equally.
One thing is for certain, divorce is not easy on a family and it’s hard to predict the side effects it has on children.
I hope this family finds some peace and that the children find true happiness and love within themselves, whatever that may be to them.