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New Jersey fans: Man wins child custody for NCAA title game day

An unusual request is making headlines and could be an interesting read for New Jersey sports fans. Many people know at least one person fanatical about their sports team, but one man has taken it to a new level with an interesting child custody demand. The man felt there was an imbalance in the amount of holiday requests his wife was making for the kids and the ones he made. Instead of arguing about it, he began to think about days that were special to him that he could share with his children.

Although he had made fairly normal demands so far, with requests for St. Patrick's Day and Super Bowl Sunday, he wanted to teach his kids love for sports, specifically one team in particular. So he made a very unusual request. He wanted custody of his children for the NCAA men's basketball title game, if his beloved college team happened to be playing.

The man has been a lifelong fan of the Syracuse team, and although he no longer lives in the area, he wanted to pass his love of the team on to his kids. Even though he knows that the request won't come yearly, maybe not even for a couple of decades, he will still have the chance to spend that day with his children. His wife's lawyers sputtered a bit about the request, but they were able to sit down and negotiate a successful arrangement that works for both of them.

Such a request may be unusual in New Jersey and the rest of the nation, but this man's story shows it can be done. Working together to come to a fair child custody agreement can help a divorce settlement become less stressful for both the parents and the kids. For this man, he now has one of his most important days marked to spend with his children and rooting on the Syracuse basketball team. Now all his team has to do is make it to the title game.

Source:, "Syracuse fan makes unusual custody request in divorce settlement," Jeff Eisenberg, July 27, 2012

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