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Extreme conflict can lead to a nightmarish custody case

Divorcing parents in Jersey City, New Jersey, may have trouble coming to an agreement, particularly when it comes to the children. Many couples in the past have struggled with the important determination of child custody. Few, however, will go through as much conflict as one couple who was recently back in court. Their hearing ended with the mother permanently losing custody of her three children because she had falsely accused her ex-husband of molesting them.

According to reports, the couple was married for eight years and separated in 2003. It was soon agreed upon they would share custody of their three children - all boys - in a joint custody agreement. This agreement didn't last and the couple went to court in order to diffuse the situation. Interestingly, a couples' therapist made a prediction the year before they separated that rang true. The therapist claimed the couple would spend a decade duking it out and spend all of their money litigating against one another. Over the past few years, both parents have been representing themselves.

Three years after the separation, the woman made a claim of sexual abuse against her ex-husband. It seemed that she did this in order to keep the kids with her and away from their father. According to reports, governmental agencies were brought in to investigate the claim and spent several months looking into it. Though no evidence was found, the father's life permanently changed. Eventually, the mother admitted she made up the allegations. As a result, she has been held in contempt of court on two separate occasions.

Another mental health specialist examined the situation sometime after the claim was proven false. The doctor said the parents are incapable of cooperating on any subject, let alone reaching an agreement over their children. Such conflict can make a divorce extremely difficult and expensive. Legal professionals can help make a divorce much less complicated and may be able to assist spouses in bringing the dissolution to a close much sooner .

Source:  Winnipeg Free Press, "A child-custody catastrophe" Mike McIntyre, Apr. 26, 2013

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