- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - A Garfield County District Court judge has ruled that two children at the heart of an international custody dispute between a Snowmass Village man and his former spouse will remain in the custody of their father, even though the father signed an agreement saying the mother could have custody.

A court in Argentina ordered the return of the two young girls to their father, Dennis Burns, after they spent the past five years living in Argentina with their mother, Ana Alianelli.

However, a motion filed by Alianelli’s attorney requested enforcement of an agreement that the two parents signed during proceedings in Argentina that said the girls would live with their mother once back in the United States.

Burns said he signed the agreement because he felt it was the only way he would get his children back, and Alianelli said she signed it because she felt their return to the U.S. was unavoidable under international law, according to the Aspen Times (http://tinyurl.com/o3dfrue ).

Garfield County District Court Judge Denise Lynch ordered that the family begin working with a family counselor.

“It does not take a psychologist or a psychological evaluation to point out that the girls are suffering some distress,” Lynch wrote. “That is simply common sense in a situation where they are living in a new country and in a new home. Both parents need to put their animosity toward the other parent aside and think of the best interest of their children.”

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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