Sunday, April 16, 2006


Interesting article re Katrina & Divorce

Once again, I read something and say to myself, "I never even thought about that." I guess that's what major disasters do, they present questions that beforehand had not been asked.
New Orleans -- In June, after a long dispute, a judge decided that Bobby Spurlock and Zandrea Johnson should share custody of their daughter.

Then came Hurricane Katrina.

Spurlock, whose home in Jefferson Parish was undamaged in the storm, remained in Louisiana. Johnson, whose home in eastern New Orleans was destroyed, evacuated, with the child, to Memphis.

Now Johnson plans to stay in Memphis indefinitely, and an already unpleasant clash over the best interest of a 6-year-old girl is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.
Judge Manny Fernandez, a chief judge in St. Bernard Parish, said he heard a case recently in which the parents specified in their custody agreement how the children should be relocated in the event of an evacuation.

"I was in practice for 34 years before becoming a judge, and I've never seen anything like that," he said. "Everything has changed now."

Full story here

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