Divorcing dad and sports fan makes unusual child custody request

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C posted in Child Custody on Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams know well the passions of sports. But even our legendary loyalties to our teams might pale in comparison to one Syracuse University’s fervor.

The man was earlier this year looking over a proposed child custody agreement in papers his ex-wife’s family law attorney had given him when he noticed that his wife was asking for custody of their son and daughter for several religious holidays.

He said that because he’s not an especially religious person, he thought he would try to balance his wife’s request with a request of his own to have custody on days that are important to him. So he came up with a few on which he would like to exclusive time with his seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son, including St. Patrick’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday.

Nothing unusual there, right? But he also asked that his kids be with him on the day of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game — if his beloved Syracuse is one of the two teams in the title match.

“Even though Syracuse has only won the title once and it may not happen for another 20 years, it’s something that’s really important to me,” the man said. “It’s not a holiday exactly, but it is holy to me.”

He said others might define themselves by religion or race or culture, but being a big fan of the Syracuse Orangemen is a big part of who he is and he wants to pass that passion on to his children.

Though the man didn’t attend Syracuse and though he lives in the Chicago suburbs rather than in New York, he has childhood memories of attending Syracuse basketball games and football games that still have significance for him.

Our firm represents divorcing clients in the St. Louis area. For more information, please visit our child custody page.

Source: Yahoo Sports, “Syracuse fan makes unusual custody request in divorce settlement,” July 27, 2012

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