Few arguments during a divorce may turn as nasty as an impassioned war over child custody. Sage Kelly and his wife, Christina Di Mauro Kelly, have both made serious allegations against one another in court in an apparent bid to win custody of the children. During the divorce, Sage Kelly even obtained an order from the court that has impacted Christina's ability to see her children.
Kelly, a prominent New York investment banker, has been accused of being both an alcoholic and a drug addict. Mrs. Kelly has even alleged that once, in a seriously intoxicated state, her husband mistook the bedroom for the bathroom. She also claims that one of their daughters once stuck her finger into a bag of cocaine that her father had left lying out.
These claims have been refuted by Kelly, who initially sought temporary custody to protect his children from his wife. According to Kelly, it's his wife who has the problem with drugs and alcohol, not him. Although she has acknowledged some drug use, she attributes it to his refusal to be intimate with her.
While direct negotiations or mediation can provide a positive environment that allows some couples to come to an agreement on a divorce settlement, some situations are simply too volatile. In instances such as Kelly and his soon-to-be ex-wife, allegations of drug or alcohol abuse can seriously impact a variety of issues, including how the marital assets are split and who may be awarded custody of the children. If disputes lead a New York couple toward court, a judge will ultimately make the decision regarding any unresolved issues.
Source: New York Daily News, "Investment banker's estranged wife accuses him of cocaine abuse, orgy in divorce suit", Barbara Ross and Larry McShane, Oct. 23, 2014