Judge's Divorce Ruling Becomes Instant Classic

Couple's mutual hatred amounts to a 'personality disorder'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2011 6:52 PM CST
Updated Jan 9, 2011 11:49 AM CST
A Canadian family court judge took the opportunity to roast the couple in his courtroom, whom he called "immune to reason."   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A divorce ruling from a Canadian family court judge who had clearly reached his limit has became a sensation in legal circles. Faced with a couple who was, in Judge Joseph Quinn's estimation, "immune to reason," the judge came down to their level and "tried ridicule as a last resort." Time has some highlights, including his assessment that the couple is "marinating in a mutual hatred so intense as to surely amount to a personality disorder."

Other highlights:

  • It begins, "Paging Dr. Freud" and calls chances of an amicable resolution "laughable."
  • At one point, the wife tried to run over her husband with a car, "always a telltale sign that a husband and wife are drifting apart."
  • The husband has a "near-empty parenting toolbox."
  • Noting the husband's penchant for flipping the bird: "A finger is worth a thousand words and therefore, is particularly useful should one have a vocabulary of less than a thousand words."
  • He granted sole custody of their 13-year-old daughter to the wife, only because she had turned the girl against her own dad with "advanced animosity-tutoring." He must pay only $1 a month in child care.
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