Massachusetts Father Awarded $40.25 million Judgment Against Former Wife

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September 25, 2013

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Massachusetts Father Awarded $40.25 million Judgment Against Former Wife
By Stefan L. Jouret, Esq., Member, Executive Committee,National Parents Organization of Massachusetts

Stefan Jouret
Stefan Jouret
In August of 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts awarded Massachusetts father Colin Bower $40,250,000 on his claims against his former wife, Mirvat El-Nady. Ms. El-Nady fled to Cairo, Egypt, in August of 2009, taking their children with her without his consent and in violation of a Massachusetts court order granting sole custody to Bower. The case underscores that courts recognize — and punish — parental actions aimed at depriving children of meaningful bonds with both of their parents.

Considering the amount to award the father in damages, the court stated that “While Bower’s economic damages are a matter of simple calculation, his and his children’s hedonic damages are not. The court is in the impossible position of having to place a dollar value on something that is intangible and invaluable — “the wrongful taking of children from parents with custodial rights, an experience which evokes deep-seated, time-honored, and broad societal concerns regarding the health and development of both the children and the parents wrongfully deprived of the right to share in and guide the passage of their offspring from childhood to adulthood with all of the joy and pleasure that journey usually affords a custodial parent.” Read more...

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