Domestic Relations: Belated Homecoming


After Harold Painter's wife died in an automobile accident in 1962, he sent his son Mark to live temporarily with the boy's maternal grandparents. When Painter remarried, two years later, he sought to get Mark back. To his surprise, the grandparents refused. To his shock the Iowa Supreme Court agreed that Mark should not live with his father. Writer-Photographer Painter, said the court, is "either an agnostic or an atheist and has no concern for formal religious training." Life with him "would be unstable, unconventional, arty, bohemian." The boy should remain in the custody of his more "conventional" grandparents, Mr....

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