A 17-year legal fight between two US law professors over their divorce and continuing disputes has drawn criticism from judges who say the pair are setting a bad example not only to future divorcees, but to present and future law students.
The battle has seen both Christo Lassiter and former wife, Sharlene Boltz call the police on the other, and both lose custody of their children. Many of the historic issues related to custody of the children, who are now 17 and 20 years old, whereas presents arguments center around money.
The date of the next hearing is September 6.
In Thailand divorce law, a divorce agreement, also known as a divorce settlement agreement, is a contract drawn between a divorcing couple that determines issues concerning the divorce such as: the division of shared property, child custody, visitation, alimony, and other marital issues. In general, in a court divorce case the parties may negotiate a settlement agreement with the assistance of a Thailand divorce attorney rather than pursue a full-on court divorce and wait for and accept a court judgment. In an uncontested administrative divorce at the Khet or Amphur the persons divorcing may also enter into a divorce agreement and have it made part of the official record.
Under Thailand divorce law, there are two types of divorce: an administrative process for registration of divorce and the Thai divorce court which grants judgments of divorce.
If both spouses agree to the divorce and were married in Thailand, with the marriage registered at a local district office in Thailand (Khet or Amphur) then an administrative Thailand divorce can be registered. This is also known as an uncontested or consensual divorce. Although an administrative divorce can include divorces where divisions of assets and child custody can be registered, these agreements in general make agreement between the divorcing spouses difficult. If there are assets to be divided or issues regarding custody of children to clarify then it is advisable to instruct a Thailand divorce lawyer who can help to draw up a divorce agreement, also known as a settlement agreement.
However please be aware that in some circumstances a court order may still be preferable to an administrative divorce. For example some jurisdictions outside of Thailand may require court orders of child custody , rather than administrative records, in order for them to be recognized or enforceable.
Equally, if one or both spouses does not agree to the terms of the divorce, the divorce is referred to as a contested divorce. Contested divorces proceed through the Thai Courts rather than being an administrative procedure at the District Office as above. In order to proceed with this, one of the grounds for divorce under Section 1516 of the Thailand Civil and Commercial Code must apply, and a personal appearance in court must be made in Court.