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Cross-border custody battle ends in tragedy for father

Danny Dimm fought for five years to be part of his son’s life following a separation from his wife, and after finally getting custody, he died in a tragic logging accident, according to the Pioneer Press.

The news source reported that after Dimm fought his former wife for custody of his son for five years in the U.S. and Canada, a court in British Columbia finally granted him sole guardianship in July 2011.

He was given his five-year-old boy following an incident where his former spouse vanished with their son instead of allowing the four-month court-ordered visit that he was entitled to.

Bartell Dimm, the mother of the boy, ran away with the child in July, and wasn’t found until August, upon which she was promptly jailed. Ownership of his son was granted to Danny prior to when they discovered the mother hiding with their kid, according to the Press.

The unfortunate accident that claimed the life of Danny occurred less than two months after they were reunited for good, and after Bartell had delayed the meeting of the father and son more than a year and a half, according to The Globe and Mail.

“He was always focused on what was best for his son,” Danny Dimm’s lawyer told the news source. “He wanted his child safe, he wanted to give his child a normal upbringing.”

Marriage and divorce rates no more in Canada

Marriage and divorce rates are no longer on the watch list of Canada’s national statistical agency. The Globe and Mail reports that Statistics Canada will stop collecting and tracking these numbers due in part to cost cuts at the agency and a culture shift in the nature of relationships.

As the definitions of relationships become blurred, hazy and difficult to track, maintaining this information no longer seemed relevant.

The agency’s last national figures on this data were published in mid-July, after collecting data on divorces since 1972 and marriages since 1921. Cutting this data bank will save $250,000, the news source reports.

The National Center for Health Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the official data record for marriages and divorces in America. According to 2009 data, the most recent available, there were more than 2 million marriages in the U.S. The marriage rate was 6.8 per 1,000 total population, with the divorce rate at 3.4 per 1,000.

However, Time magazine recently wondered if American marriage and divorce stats were realistic, given that many states do not collect marital data and many methods and sources are used.

“It’s a very murky statistic,” Jennifer Baker, director of the marriage- and family-therapy programs at the Forest Institute, told the publication.

Man blames TV Show for broken marriage

A New York man who appeared on Jerry Seinfield’s NBC reality show “The Marriage Ref” has sued the comedian and show, claiming that after appearing on the program his wife became so obsessed with becoming a star that it broke up their marriage.

The defendant, Howie Kohlenberg, appeared on the show with his wife, Christine, in a March 2010 episode with a celebrity panel featuring Seinfield, Eva Longoria and Tina Fey. Kohnlenberg claims he and Christine were happily married before the show but were struggling financially due to their now-defunct Manhattan spa.

“We did it to drum up some business,” he told the New York Post of their decision to appear on the program. “They promised to promote the spa on air. They didn’t.”

Kohlenberg went on to tell the newspaper that producers encouraged the couple to bicker for the camera and that during the filming process Christine became obsessed over becoming a reality television star. After their segment aired, Christine reportedly landed a small part in the comedy “Chakra Love” where she met a producer and subsequently ran away with him to Canada.

Kohlenberg was left with a sour view on reality television.

“They make you jump through hoops, the bottom line is they don’t [care]. You’re just another number.”

For his part, Seinfield did not seemed perturbed about the lawsuit when questioned by reporters about the case.

“I love it, I love, I love it!” Seinfield, who is co-creator of “The Marriage Ref” told the New York Daily News. “When people get upset I enjoy it.”