One man's battle to be a dad.
EDITORIAL BY: MICHAEL LEE GOETZ, SR.
My name is Michael Lee Goetz, sr. and for over
I have had to go thru hell to be with my daughter.
I moved to NC from Texas in 2002 with my daughter
her mom (Sherry Strickland) in the hopes of
working here, getting married and providing a family to my daughter,
but a few weeks after we arrived, Sherry and her family basically turned their
back on me, forced me out on the street and took my daughter.
This video was shot after Sherry basically told me
that she didn't love me, she was taking baby, and I had to get out. I was
attacked by her family when I tried to get my daughter and leave.
then, I have fought to get off the street while fighting to be a dad to Stephanie.
This website is
dedicated to that effort. .
By putting all my information online, I hope to shine
on the problem... exposing those involved, and finding others like me
that maybe able to help...
or need help themselves.
The following recordings are some examples:
While having to fight in family court to be with my
I am also being wrongly prosecuted as a "deadbeat dad".
Although I would normally respect the job of any public servent, I honestly feel
that much of the actions of these are misguided, causeing more problems than
good, and often unprofessional.
A typical discussion with my child support case worker - veronica bradford -
Although I am not happy with Sherry and her family,
I have repeatedly tried to get along for Stephanie.
A typical discussion with my daughters mother -
Sherry strickland - part 1 -
part 2 - -
This type of "out of control" abuse from Sherry is common and included physical
attacks when we were still together.
Despite my efforts, the court choose to take my
daughter from me... and gave full custody to Sherry. I was given visitations
everyother weekend and no say in my daughters life....
while still being accused of being a "dead beat
dad"... with constant threats of jail.
Despite the fact that I cut Stephanie's umbilical
cord, was the first thing she saw when she was born, introduced her to her mom, and took care of her
everyday of her life (till we came here and had her taken from me)....
I am no
closer to being her dad ... after 10 years!
I have tried everything to get along with my ex and
her family... with no change.... and I have lost faith in the family court
My daughter needs her dad!
I have decided to take other actions. I am not a
violent man, so I have no intentions of doing anything wrong, but I must standup
for my little girl.
So, I decided to put my story online and start emailing news
media and "fathers rights organizations".
I am also preparing a civil rights lawsuit against
Sherry for denying me my rights as a father.... and puttin it all online.
They say you can't fight city hall, but I believe
that if you have the truth on your side and a chance to tell people ... you have
I have also decided to protest the courts constant
threats to jail me unjustly by refusing insulin if arrested. I am a diabetic
recovering from 3 strokes over the last summer, and refusing to take my insulin
could kill me in just a few days. If I deserved it, I would not
resist going to jail, but I am a good man and have done nothing wrong.
I HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO BE A GOOD DAD TO MY KIDS,
AND I CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDERS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES.
I hope that things will workout for the better, but
I cannot let this situation go on... un-challenged. No good father would stand
by and do nothing. If I am forced to give my life for my kids ..
then so be it.
My conscience is clear.
PLEASE PRAY FOR MY KIDS, THE
GOODNESS OF BOTH PARENTS, PUBLIC SERVENTS, AND WISDOM FOR ALL.
June 10, 2014 - "Writ of certiorari" the U S Supreme court placed on docket (13-10502)
Jan 2014 - NC Supreme Court - case denied - Ex Mero Muto
Nov 2013 - NC Court of Appeals - case denied for collateral attack
May 21,2013 - I filed an appeal with NC Court of Appeals to have my standard custody agreement thrown out as
unconstitutional because it unduley limits my rights/responsiblities as a father. I believe the "every other weekend"
requirement violates the 14th amendment (equal protection under the law) by making me a "second class parent".
A 3 Judge panel met on Oct 23 2013, behind closed doors, to decide the issue.
An opinion is expected to be published in 90 days (case# 13-605).
Jan 2013 - Pitt county District court -
motion to find custody order unconstitutional
I believe it violates the 14th amendmant (equal protection of the law)
by effectively making me a "second class" parent
oct 29, 2012
asking for shared custody - judge blick
courthouse - 8:30 am
aug 14, 2012
Went to jail for being poor again.
July 17, 2012
December 13, 2011
Went to jail today. Refused food and Insulin.
Saved by an angel to fight another day.
November 7, 2011
October 11, 2011
June 8, 2011
May 18, 2011
April 13, 2011
feb 16, 2011
jan 13, 2011
nov 15, 2010
august 12, 2010
september 23, 2010
october 15, 2010
may 14, 2009
More to come.
Please fell free to contact me
with questions and/or comments.
Michael Lee Goetz, sr.
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