Archive for March 18, 2010

Finally a Legal Precedent- Crazy Parents Beware

Posted in Guest Authors, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training with tags on March 18, 2010 by mboyle1959

One of my readers Laura McNally supplied this. Hopefully some father who has kids playing in tournaments every weekend in Canada will be next.

Children’s ‘Exhausting’ Schedule Leads to Loss of Father’s Custody Rights
Vesselin Mitev

New York Law Journal
March 17, 2010

The father of two Long Island junior tennis prospects has been stripped of custody by a New York state judge who found their rigorous training schedule to be “overly burdensome, exhausting and completely unacceptable.”

The Cavallero brothers — Giancarlo, 10, and Jordy, 5 — were required to leave school early to spend six hours a day at tennis practice and play tournaments on the weekends. Giancarlo, with five junior tournament wins before turning 10, was likened to a young Andre Agassi in a 2007Daily News article.

But in a ruling last week, Acting Supreme Court Justice Norman St. George of Nassau County found the “grueling” training regimen had left the children “constantly tired, regularly late to school … and their tennis appears to be negatively impacted.”

After a four-day custody trial, the judge awarded sole custody to the children’s mother, Maria Pena, and ordered the father, George Cavallero, to undergo anger management counseling.

The case is Cavallaro v. Pena (pdf), V-00390-09.