Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Divorced Parents Disagree About Burial of Son Slain in Iraq

"A judge in a bitter dispute between divorced parents over where to bury a son killed in Iraq sided with the soldier's father Tuesday. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Hendrix should remain buried in his father's home state of Oklahoma, despite his mother's claim that he wanted to be laid to rest in California, Superior Court Judge Robert B. Yonts Jr. ruled. The case highlighted a little-known Pentagon policy that says if a slain soldier is unmarried and has no children which was the case with Hendrix custody is granted to the eldest next of kin. Hendrix's father, Russell Hendrix, is 48; his mother, Renee Amick, 45." By By Kim Curtis Associated Press Writer, The Associated Press Link to Article (last visited 11-2-05 NVS)

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