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Father denied visitation rights in lengthy child custody battle

When people enter into the union of marriage, both husbands and wives intend to love and cherish one another for long as they both live. Each person forms expectations, even before the marriage rite is performed and vows uttered. When these expectations are unmet, however, partners may grow distant and eventually differ irrevocably in ways that lead them to divorce. When divorcing parents cannot find resolution for child custody rights, it takes a toll on everyone involved, but it is especially difficult for young children.

This is the story of a decade-old Connecticut divorce that is still nowhere near resolution. In 2001, the parents of 2-year-old twins divorced, but it was just the beginning of a slew of motions and rulings over child visitation and asset division. The ex-wife accuses the ex-husband of not disclosing a monetary award he is yet to receive from a complex wrongful termination lawsuit he filed years ago.

The now 12-year-old twins have not seen their father for four years; the result of a court-ordered mental evaluation that revealed the father had a severe narcissist personality disorder. The therapist recommended that the father shouldn’t see his children because of it. Consequently, the father employed more than one prominent therapist to evaluate him outside the court, and he claims their evaluations contradict the disorder he was slated with earlier.

When spouses first marry, it is not their intention to end the union in lengthy legal proceedings. There are, however, instances when matrimonial resolutions cannot be met and the union ends in divorce. Child custody battles can be challenging, particularly for the youngsters involved. To ensure the best interests of the children are met, it may be wise to counsel with an experienced attorney.

Source: Yahoo! Finance, “No end in sight for decade-long Conn. Divorce case,” Dave Collins, Sep. 9, 2013

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