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Casualties of a Custody War

Who am I? That's a question I haven't asked myself for quite some time. Many things, (mostly bad), have happened in my life. There are so many that it would take me two whole lifetimes to type about it....

Of all the bad things that happened to me, I think that finding out that the one girl I thought I loved said that it was all out of pity. Everything; the one night that we shared at ClubXtreme and all the love I thought we shared was all one big freaking joke...

Enough on that mistake, lets move on to the other torture in my life. Eight years ago my parents got a divorce and my father threw us out of the house. That act forced us to move up here, because we had no other place to go. Even now, 8 years later, he is still harassing us through court case after court case. There are more stories like the two that I've just type but I don't have the time or the sanity to go on. Thus ends this chapter in my life of endless torment.

--- Excerpts from a February essay by Nathan Grieco, a junior at Norwin High School

Part One

What's best for the child?

Part Two

The courtroom as battleground

Part Three

Maverick expert exerts wide influence on custody case
Gardner's controversial stance on incest

About the Authors
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Carpenter.jpg (4806 bytes)   Mackenzie Carpenter, 43, is a writer for the Post-Gazette's issues team. Her most recent project, a long with photographer Allan Detrich, was an award-winning five-part series, "Children of the Underground." She covered national and state politics for United Press International and as a producer/reporter for public television stations in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Trinity College, and has a master's degree in studies of law from Yale Law School
kopasb.jpg (4656 bytes) Ginny Kopas, 49, a North Huntingdon resident, is the Post-Gazette's Westmoreland County bureau chief. Before coming to Pittsburgh in 1994, she was editor of the Standard-Observer in Irwin and the Daily Courier in Connellsville and was deputy managing editor of the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown. She also worked as a consultant for Allbritton Communications in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and winner of several communications awards.

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