I'm sorry I deleted the other thread to start this one, the title of it to me was too specific should my son's dad come by this site. I'd rather avoid his harassing me over finding this thread online, though he still may. I probably seem paranoid, I know. I'm still a little concerned to post here, but more curious to any input I can get on this at this point. Thank you!
What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? WI
My ex is threatening to run me through the court system for custody of our 3 year old son. He already has joint custody and legal visitation which he has not exercised of his own free will for a year now. He's seen our son only three times in the last year, the last time being in July, and each visit was only for a few hours. That being said, I'm really not concerned that he can get full custody at this point.
He sends me emails to harass me regarding various things though. He is now into this 'free man on the land' movement. He is representing himself in a criminal case for marijuana possession (he doesn't know I know this, I found it online in the circuit courts system). I noticed in the case details he submitted to the court a "Grant of Exclusive Power of Atty to conduct all tax, business and legal affairs of principal person, Detailed List of assets and chancery, Declaration of Sovereignty, Deed of Evidence, etc.". He is also representing himself in his custody case for his daughter from a previous relationship. The GAL in that case did not rule in his favor, and now in a few months he has been granted a four hour trial in which he will attempt to throw everyone involved in his case under the bus. He confidently expects to win full custody of his daughter, who has resided with her mother and family for the 10 years of her life now.
So, in his latest hate filled, insulting email to me he 'formally requested' that I hand our son over to him. Very out of the blue, considering I've not stood in the way of his relationship with his son at all. He says that "it's the right thing to do", accuses me of being evil, uses way too many capital letters to express his hatred for me, and proceeds to tell me that he'll tear me apart in court and win custody of our son even it if is just by means of rendering me completely broke doing so should I not do as he requests.
He calls himself a free man of the land now, and has changed the use of his name. So from what I've studied on this, it seems he believes that statute law is maritime law, and common law is what we should follow. He also states that blacks law states that we are not persons, but corporations, and that we all have a "straw man" represented by liens (birth certificates and such) placed on us as children rendering us as assets, pretty much slaves, to this country, which according to this thinking is actually a corporation.
This is what I may be up against in court soon enough. I personally feel he's losing his mind. Not that all this free man of the land stuff isn't interesting, because it seems that some people who study it are quite interesting and harmless folks. But that he feels the need to harass me and send me these crazy emails and then thinks he'll win full custody inevitably through this practice of common law, and by "owning his strawman" eventually in a court of law.
He runs an online business devoted to taking over the mainstream media and taking on the new world order, and he says that now he runs the law department for it. I don't know how legal this is considering he has no license to do so. But anyway, I digress...
Does he have a leg to stand on here? And do you know anything about this free man on the land thinking? I know I don't have any deep legal questions here, but I'm very interested on what your opinions are on this subject. I get that he's just trying to scare me right now, and using our son as a means to do so. I'm prepared to take him on in court, I just am curious if there really is anything here I should be concerned/prepared for. Thank you.