Someone Call Jerry Springer, Maury, or Dr. Phil: Tri-Custody Awarded in New York Custody Case
We’re taking a break from our normally scheduled blog writing to bring you the absolute craziest story we’ve heard in a while – and trust me, it takes a lot to make us say “wow.” Straight from a scripted Jerry Springer, Maury, or Dr. Phil episode, we bring to you the ridiculous world of New York “tri-custody.” Hang on to your hats, folks. It’s about to get wild.
New York natives, Dawn and Michael Marano, were married in 1994. While their marriage was rather uneventful, they did have problems conceiving a child. After a fertility treatment and a miscarriage, the Maranos considered giving up. That is, until 2001 when they met Audria Garcia. Audria lived in the apartment below the Maranos; however, when Audria’s boyfriend left her, Audria moved in with the Maranos. At first, nothing seemed out of the ordinary – just a random girl living with a seemingly happily married couple. Totally normal. That is, until the relationship between the Maranos and Audria went from friendly to romantic. Let’s just say the three of them shared more than just living space… catch my drift?
After being intimately involved with each other, the Maranos decided that it would be a good idea for Audria to become pregnant with Michael’s child, and that the three of them could parent together. They all went to the fertility doctor, but the doctor refused to artificially inseminate Audria with Michael’s sperm because Audria and Michael weren’t married. I can think of a host of additional reasons why this doctor may have refused, but I digress. Anyway, the three of them were dedicated and decided that, if a fertility doctor won’t impregnate Audria, they’ll just do it the old fashion way. So, after some old fashion stuff happening between Audria and Micahel, Audria became pregnant and bore a son.
Fast forward about 18 months, and Dawn and Audria decided to run off together – leaving Michael out of the equation. Michael filed for custody and Dawn filed for divorce. Audria and Michael entered into a shared custody agreement, but, that made Dawn feel left out and concerned that Michael and/or Audria may try to keep the child away from her. So, Dawn filed for custody, which was vehemently opposed by Michael. Eventually, the matter went to trial. The court decided that three isn’t really a crowd and that Dawn, Michael, and Audria could share custody of the child… sheesh.
This story really is bizarre; however, if you’re in Pennsylvania and find yourself in a similar situation, give us a call. We promise to listen and help you navigate the murky Pennsylvania custody waters as best as we can. Heck. We’ll even call Jerry Springer, Maury, and Dr. Phil for you.
… okay… we won’t really call Jerry, Maury, or Dr. Phil. But, maybe you should.
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