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Bad-Mouthing Your Baby's Daddy Could Land You in Jail

While many New Yorkers look forward to summer-weekends at the beach, a Long Island mother of two is awaiting an appeal of her six weekend jail sentence handed down last month for alienating her children from her ex-husband. Lauren R. was sentenced to serve every other weekend in jail this summer, from 6:00 pm Friday night until 6:00 pm Sunday night, beginning on June 11th.

A Nassau County Supreme Court Justice determined last month that Lauren R. willfully violated the Stipulation of Settlement between her and her ex-husband by deliberately alienating her two elementary school-age children from their father.

So what did she do or say about her ex that landed her in jail? Here are some of the highlights from the judge's eight-page decision:

  1. Ms R. prevented Mr. R from seeing his daughters for six weeks.
  2. Ms R. would routinely schedule theater outings and other fun activities for her kids during their father's visitation times, leaving him no choice but to consent to missed visits or risk upsetting his daughters.
  3. Ms R. made false accusations that Mr. R. sexually abused one of their children, "needlessly subjecting the child to an investigation by Child Protective Services, placing her own interests above those of the child."

In child custody cases, the best interests of the child are paramount. This case is a reminder to keep whatever anger and bitterness exists between you and your ex exactly that way: between you and your ex. Don't put the kids in the middle of it; it could land you in jail.

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