Former Florida first lady regains joint custody of teenage daughters her ex-husband claims 'she hasn't seen or spoken to in two YEARS'

By David Mccormack

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The wife of former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has regained joint custody of her teenage daughters, even though her ex-husband claims she hasn’t had any contact with them for almost two years.

Since Carole Crist, 43, split with her first husband Todd Rome in 2007, the two have endured regular run-ins concerning the welfare of daughters, Jessica, 16, and Skylar, 14.

Earlier this year a New York judge had granted Rome, 44, full custody of the girls, while Mrs Crist was in India at an environmental summit with her husband.

Carole Crist
Todd Rome

Carole Crist, left, has regained joint custody of her two daughters with first husband Todd Rome, right

Carole married then Florida Governor Charlie Crist in 2008 after less than a year dating

Carole married then Florida Governor Charlie Crist in 2008 after less than a year dating

That order has now been vacated by a New York court.

‘The order granting Mr Rome temporary sole custody was obtained without any notice and has now been vacated by the court,' her New York attorney told Tampa Bay Times.

'Mrs Crist cares deeply about her daughters and looks forward to amicably resolving any remaining issues for their benefit.' 

 

Mrs Crist left Mr Rome in 2007 after 14 years of marriage, and quickly began dating then-Governor Crist. At the time, news reports said that they would share custody of their two daughters.

Then reports surfaced in Oct. 2011 that Mr Rome was suing her for failing to pay child support and stay in contact with their daughter.

Financial child support was never listed in the couple’s divorce papers, though that wasn’t the main issue for Mr Rome, who is president of private jet company Blue Sky Jets and has numerous multimillion dollar homes. 

Happy families: Todd Rome together with his second wife Vanessa, their baby son Griffin and daughter Skylar from his first marriage to Carole Crist

Happy families: Todd Rome together with his second wife Vanessa, their baby son Griffin and daughter Skylar from his first marriage to Carole Crist

‘Carole has cut off communication with the girls,’ an unnamed source told The New York Post’s Page Six at the time. ‘She refused to attend her daughter’s graduation, visit them at summer camp, or attend their birthdays.’

He remarried in 2008, a few months before the Crists' wedding. The girls live with their father in New York. The Crists live in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In the first years after their divorce, Mrs Crist used to visit her daughters, but Mr Rome claims she hasn’t spoken to or seen them since June 2011.

Formerly a lifelong Republican, Charlie Crist, 56, became an independent in 2010 before registering as a Democrat late last year. He is rumored to be considering running for the Florida governorship in 2014.

Public life: Charlie Crist and wife Carole attending the annual Governor's dinner at the White House in 2009 while he was still in office

Public life: Charlie Crist and wife Carole attending the annual Governor's dinner at the White House in 2009 while he was still in office

Any public attacks on Carole Crist's parenting by her ex-husband could prove to be an awkward side issue in any forthcoming campaign.

When the couple got engaged, Mr Crist seemed to be very happy about the prospect of having two step daughters.

'The girls are wonderful,' Mr Crist said. 'I think the world of them and I look forward to spending a lot of time with them.'

 

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Old Charlie is going to run again, as a Democrat this time. He certainly appears to have several issues confusing his life. Oh yeah, he needs the girls to make him look like a "family man". The girls should be old enough to tell the judge which parent they want to live with. A mother that hasn't seen her daughters in two years is not much of a mother.

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And this run-of-the-mill child custody case is news why???

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Everyone in those pictures makes me physically ill.

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Granted custody right before her new husband runs for office. Class act.

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If that was a manned have had his rights terminated! Except the "right" to pay child support. That would've remained in tact.

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A man wouldn't have got joint custody back if he hadn't seen his kids in years.

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Surely these girls are more than old enough to decide who they wish to live with, without interference from lawyers and their parents.

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Charlie is married?

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BOTH of these "parents" are trash. The husband immediately remarried and had another baby. The ex-wife hooked up with the governor that appears to be old enough to be her grandfather and hasn't seen her kids in years.

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She sounds like a nasty woman. There is nothing worse than being abandoned by your mom. I don't thnk she should have been granted custody back after giving them up and not paying support.

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