Tuesday, March 13, 2007
McGreevey Divorce: Getting Messy
Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has revised his divorce lawsuit against his estranged wife and is now seeking sole custody of the couple's 5-year-old daughter -- and child support.
The new documents make no mention of a "matrimonial settlement agreement" that McGreevey's original divorce filing said had resolved all issues of custody and support.
So why the change? Maybe this has something to do with it:
The former governor has said he and O'Donnell plan to enter into a civil union after the divorce is finalized.
Why does this matter? Well . . .
John Eory, a partner at the law firm Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville and an instructor in divorce law, said that if McGreevey continues to push for full custody, the judge likely will ask for detailed parenting plans from both parties.
"If he's claiming he's better fit to be entrusted with the residential care of his child, I'm presuming he's prepared to go to the mat to do that," Eory said. He said McGreevey might argue that he can provide a "stable nuclear two-parent household ... (and) offer benefits to the child that she can't get in a single-parent home."
We know its tawdry to say, but we're dying to know the details!