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Carole Crist regains joint custody of kids



Former Florida First Lady Carole Crist has regained joint custody of her teenage daughters, her lawyer says, but contentious court fights with her ex-husband continue.

Mrs. Crist has had a rocky relationship with her ex-husband, Todd Rome, at least she she married then-Gov. Charlie Crist in 2008. Rome accuses her of having had no contact with their daughters, ages 14 and 16, in nearly two years, and while Charlie and Carole Crist were in India for an environmental summmit, a New York judge granted Rome full custody of the girls.

“This is a private matter for Ms. Crist and her family about which she will not have any comment," said Jonathan Wolfe, Mrs. Crist's attorney. "The order granting Mr. Rome temporary sole custody was obtained without any notice and has now been vacated by the Court.  Ms. Crist cares deeply about her daughters and looks forward to amicably resolving any remaining issues for their benefit.”

Rome said the matter is not over: "It's still being fought."

The girls live with their father in New York, and while Mrs. Crist, 43, used to visit them regularly, Rome said she has not spoken to or seen them since June, 2011.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 3:15pm]


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