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Judge blasts warring parents who squandered $500,000 on custody battle

Justice Alex Pazaratz’s judgments are considered a must-read:

His literary prowess can be traced back to his days as a newspaper intern before entering law school. A few of his compelling quotes:

“Somehow, no matter how hard we try, we don’t seem to be getting the message out to separating parents:

“Nasty doesn’t work.

“Withholding the child doesn’t work.

“Sarcastic e-mails don’t work.

“Bad-mouthing the other parent doesn’t work.

“Twisting the child’s life to create a new status quo … doesn’t work.

“Selfish decisions which may be emotionally satisfying in the short term, never look good in a courtroom.

“In the classic Christmas movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ there’s an extended fantasy sequence where Jimmy Stewart anguishes over how badly things would have turned out if he’d made a reckless, impulsive decision.

“Perhaps family court should fund an instructional movie about this type of custody battle. ‘It’s a Terrible Life.’ There could be a fantasy sequence about how happy a child might have been. If only …”

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