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Published on December 3rd, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Custody battle mum to sue family court judge

A mum in the US is suing the judge presiding over her child custody battle because it has been going on for so long.

Maggie Rhee Karn, 44, has been locked in a three year dispute with her ex-husband over their nine-year-old daughter, Sarah.

In her $10 million federal lawsuit, the PR executive claims that Manhattan Family Court Referee Marva Burnett has been dragging the case out, resulting in more than $200,000 in legal fees.

The New York Post reports that the judge has also allowed Ms Karn’s former husband to ‘control major decisions about their nine-year-old’s schooling and religion’.

The paper states that ‘the Catholic mum’s case against her Jewish ex, Kenneth Karn, a financier, has taken more than 1,200 days — even though state law requires custody proceedings to be complete within 90 days’.

Court papers reveal that the judge granted Mr Karn, 48, temporary custody of the child, with Ms Karn’s having only alternate weekend access.

The mum’s lawyer, Susan Chana Lask, said it was the ‘worst case’ she had ever seen.

Ms Karn has been in court 40-plus times since 2009 when she first filed for full custody, prompting her husband to counter sue to have his daughter half of the time. The pair are also involved in divorce proceedings.

A spokesman for the court and the judge refused to comment to the press citing the ongoing litigation.

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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