I read the article concerning Judge Charles R. McGrath's decision to order Pamela Besser to move from San Francisco to Ventura County or lose joint custody of her 6-year-old son, Joshua Fingert (L.A. Times, Sept. 15). Judge McGrath did so at the recommendation of a court mediator, Dr. Robert Beilin.
Apparently Dr. Beilin cares not that Pamela Besser had not lived in Ventura County for more than 4 1/2 years and had moved with court permission. Dr. Beilin cares not for the tears Joshua sheds over leaving the school he has attended for 3 1/2 years in the Bay Area. Dr. Beilin doesn't think it important that Joshua weeps over the loss of his teachers and playmates and friends of 3 1/2 years. Dr. Beilin does not seem to understand that for a 6-year-old child, 3 1/2 years is over half his lifetime!
Pamela Besser was given one week to uproot herself and her son and seek residence in Ventura County. Could you or anyone other than a street person relocate on such ridiculously short notice? Hasn't Dr. Beilin ever heard of leases? And to suggest that $1,000 would even begin to cover the cost of such a move is ludicrous. Does Dr. Beilin have any idea how much the first and last month's rent required on another residence will cost Pamela?