Bill O’Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy’s divorce gets messy - battle over child custody and religion
Pundit allegedly pursuing a scorched earth custody battle with ex
The therapist, a Long Island licensed social worker named Lynne Kulakowski, was working long days and some evenings in O'Reilly's house, on his payroll, and basically acting as the children's nanny. McPhilmy was incensed.
The opinion reads:
'The mother claimed that the (father) had repeatedly violated conditions of the agreement. The mother further alleged that, after the execution of the agreement, the father had hired the children's therapist as a full-time employee to perform virtually all of his parental duties... The mother's affidavit contained specific allegations concerning the father's repeated violations of the custody provisions of the agreement since its inception... Moreover, the full-time employment of the children's therapist, the person designated in the agreement as a neutral third-party 'arbitrator' of custodial disputes, by the father, constitutes a significant change of circumstance which could undermine the integrity of the agreement's custodial provisions.'
At a Second Department hearing in January October, McPhilmy's attorney claimed—and O'Reilly's attorney did not dispute—that Kulakowski was earning a six-figure salary from O'Reilly.
This information made a mockery of the custody agreement's appointment of Kulakowski as a neutral arbiter, with O'Reilly reportedly rigging the game against his ex-wife.
A lower court initially denied McPhilmy's request for a hearing about O'Reilly's co-optation of the therapist, but the appellate court agreed with McPhilmy and sent the case back for a hearing. In a highly unusual step for an appellate court, it also ordered the appointment of an independent attorney for the children, an indication that the dispute has become particularly poisonous.
Meanwhile Gawker has learned that McPhilmy has been formally reprimanded in writing by her church for continuing to take communion in her Long Island parish despite having been divorced and remarried. The reprimand also instructed her to stop telling her children that her second marriage, to the Nassau County detective that O'Reilly allegedly tried to destroy, is valid in the eyes of God. It warned her that if she didn't comply, harsher measures may be in order.
O'Reilly, who interviewed Timothy Cardinal Dolan for Fox News last year, donated more than $65,000 to New York Catholic parishes and schools in 2011, according to the tax return of his nonprofit foundation, and he carries considerable weight in the archdiocese.
Gawker claims O'Reilly is now busy harassing McPhilmy about the holiness of her second marriage, whilst he tries to deny the existence of his first. According to the website he is seeking an annulment of his 15-year marriage, which produced two children. That would render it invalid in the eyes of God, as though it never happened, even though it produced two children.
O'Reilly's private actions contrast starkly with his public claims in support of the 'stability' heterosexual marriage brings to the culture and his concern about the declining marriage rates in countries that allow gay people to marry one another.
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