Martin Luther King Day is Important for Families

MLK day is celebrated throughout the United States and rightfully so. MLK was a remarkable man, leader and visionary who helped us get through some very trying times in our country. What MLK stood for in terms of freedom for minorities still rings true today for families going through family court. This may sound like a stretch but let’s explain how MLK’s dream rings true for those going through family court. MLK’s “I have a dream” speech goes down in history as one of the most passionate, motivating speeches every given. This is because it spoke to the heart of who we are as a nation. A nation, undivided, with liberty and justice for all. That dream is becoming reality finally in 2017, but there still are areas where the check measures insufficient funds. Here is the relevant portion of the MLK Speech:

“In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

While these words were true for race relations they also hold true for those going through Family Court. Our system is a system of justice founded upon laws. Laws that are applied equally to rich and poor, male and female. This system, in theory, is regardless of race, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. What we have today, however, is a bankruptcy system in family court. The bankruptcy isn’t with the judges, but it’s the traditional approach that attorneys take in handling a family law case in family court. A system designed to promote inefficiencies. What we need is more use of ADR. What we need is attorneys moving cases to conclusion and finality. We still believe that all families deserve justice when it comes to their family law case. Justice for child support. Justice for custody rights. Justice for divorces. Justice for all…If you need the Justice you deserve then contact us at or call us at 505-880-8737. Happy MLK Day!