Kim Basinger has been charged with violating court orders concerning ex-husband Alec Baldwin's visitation rights with their daughter. Basinger pleaded not guilty and, if convicted, faces up to two months in jail and a 12,000 fine. Her trial will start on Jan 15.
Every day, thousands of custodial parents such as Ms. Basinger take the law into their own hands, violating court ordered visitation with the non-custodial parent. If in fact, Kim Basinger did violate the court order; she should be punished for her actions.
Kim Basinger's issues with Alec Baldwin are irrelevant. It is not up to Ms. Basinger to unilaterally decide when she should and should not follow a custody order issued by the court. When Ms. Basinger chose Alec Baldwin to be the father of her child, she made the decision to permanently attach herself to Alec Baldwin by way of their daughter, Ireland, regardless of the relationship between herself and Mr. Baldwin. If she did not want the father of her child to be involved in the upbringing of her child, she should have thought about utilizing a sperm donor. Since that is not the case, and Mr. Baldwin does want to have an active role in the upbringing of their daughter, Ms. Basinger needs to respect the court's decision.
Written by Maria Schweitzer