Wednesday 28 September 2016

Not home yet: Molly Martens files custody appeal over Corbett children

Published 21/08/2015 | 12:23

Left: Jason Corbett with his children Jack and Sarah. Main: Mr Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children.
Left: Jason Corbett with his children Jack and Sarah. Main: Mr Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children.
Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children
Jason Corbett with his children Sarah and Jack
Undated photograph of Sarah (8) and Jack (7), children of the late Jason Corbett, with their grandmother. Pic supplied by the Corbett family.

The stepmother of Jason Corbett’s two children is understood to have filed an appeal against a decision awarding guardianship of the children to Jason’s family.

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A judge yesterday ruled that custody of Jack (10) and Sara (8) would be awarded to Jason’s sister Tracey and her husband David, following his death.

However the family have been told that Molly Martens has filed an appeal against the decision, which could further delay any return to Ireland of the children.

Plans had been made for the family to return home today – with funeral arrangements being made for Jason, almost three weeks after his death.

Speaking to Keelin Shanley on Radio One this morning, Jason’s brother John slammed the move to appeal the decision.

“They’re going to, we believe, appeal to a high court to delay the journey of my nephew and niece back to Ireland.

Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children
Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children

Jack and Sarah would have to remain in the United States until the appeal process has been dealt with.

“The passports were handed over to Tracy and David, and they were free to come home.”

Jason Corbett with his children Sarah and Jack
Jason Corbett with his children Sarah and Jack

“Once Jack and Sarah are back in Ireland, she loses any jurisdiction and any rights of the kids.

“My poor mum and dad are absolutely traumatised.  I was just speaking to them there a few minutes ago.

“You can imagine all the heartbreak we’ve been through over the past 18 days, and my poor brother  still waiting in a funeral parlour in Limerick city waiting for some dignity and decent funeral.”

He said some relatives abroad had made arrangements to return home next week in anticipation of Jason’s funeral.

Undated photograph of Sarah (8) and Jack (7), children of the late Jason Corbett, with their grandmother. Pic supplied by the Corbett family.
Undated photograph of Sarah (8) and Jack (7), children of the late Jason Corbett, with their grandmother. Pic supplied by the Corbett family.

Ms Martens’ move is only heaping further trauma onto the children, he added.

He said the family hope that any appeal hearings will be expedited by the courts in the US.

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