NC Mom Loses Child Custody Dispute Due to Cancer
By Timothy Bolger on May 11th, 2011
Alaina Giordano, of Durham, NC, told NBC's "Today Show" that she is outraged that she lost a child custody dispute with her estranged husband over a judge's concerns that she is battling stage four breast cancer
A mother of two from North Carolina is reportedly outraged that she lost a child custody dispute with her estranged husband over a judge's concerns that she is battling stage four breast cancer.
Alaina Giordano, of Durham, criticized the April 25 ruling by Judge Nancy Gordon, which she said gives shared custody but requires Giordano's two children, 11-year-old Sophia and 5-year-old Bud, to move from North Carolina to Chicago to be live their father.
"I understand that she's uncomfortable not knowing how long I'm going live but I don't think that's a reasonable argument in this case," Giordano told NBC's "Today Show" in a trip to New York on Tuesday. "Nobody knows how long they're going to live."
Giordano, who was described as an unemployed paralegal, is concerned that if she uproots from Durham to Chicago to be with her kids that she will lose the support system she relies on and the doctors she trusts with her monthly cancer treatments.
"It's a very slippery slope when you start taking children from a parent because of an illness," Giordano told NBC. She said the ruling sets a dangerous precedent. "It appears to me the judge has decided that my husband's job is more important than my health and that's a big problem."
Giordano has another two weeks to appeal the decision but reportedly has not made a decision yet if she will follow through with the motion and would need to find an attorney willing to work pro bono. If she doesn't, the children will have to move to Illinois in June-although Giordano said her kids don't want to.
NBC reported that attempts to reach the husband and his attorney were unsuccessful.
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