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Family Law Keyed to Wadlington
In re Marriage of Carney
Citation:598 P.2d 36
The parties were married in New York when they were teenagers and had two sons. They then separated and Ellen gave custody of the boys to William. He eventually moved to the West Coast and began living with a woman who acted as a stepmother to the boys and raised them as her own. A few years later, William was injured in a jeep accident and became a quadriplegic and spent most of the next year recuperating in a veterans’ hospital. The following year, he filed an action for dissolution of his marriage and Ellen moved for an order to get custody of both boys. She had not visited her sons or made contribution to their support in the five years since their separation. The lower court nonetheless allowed her to get custody of the boys and bring them back to New York.
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