Two ex-spouses in Florida are engaged in a legal battle over who gets the rights to their deceased son's ashes. The legal battle stems from a ruling last May that deemed the ashes could not be divided. The most recent hearing on the matter was held in Delray Beach, Florida, on Wednesday.
Son Killed by Polo Star John Goodman
The couple's 23-year-old son died in a 2010 car accident with drunk polo star, John Goodman. The polo star has since been sentenced to spend 16 years in jail. In 2012, the accident also culminated into a $46 million legal settlement against Goodman, which was split between the two parents. Nevertheless, the young man's ashes remain a source of contention between the ex-couple.
Ever since their son was cremated four years ago, his ashes have been held by a funeral home. During this time, the parents have fought in court about whether the ashes can be divided in probate like property. The boy's father wanted the ashes to be divided in order to bury part of the remains at a family burial plot in Georgia. The boy's mother, on the other hand, does not want the ashes to be considered property. She wants all of them to be interred close to her home in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The judge who ruled on the matter last May determined that no precedents exist in Florida law that require ashes to be split as if they were property. In May, a Florida Appeals Court judge agreed by citing English court records from the 18th and 19th centuries. Nevertheless, their case has continued as the parents fight the matter.
What Do You Think About This?
What do you think about this? Should families be legally required to split the ashes of a deceased loved one? It is doubtful that anyone would feel it was logical to split the remains if they had not been subjected to cremation. In this sense, should ashes also be indivisible -- in the same way that a body is? Please let us know what you think in the comments below.
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