It seems that every week the mysterious case of Jennifer Dulos becomes more and more contentious. More than three months after the mother of five vanished in Connecticut, her estranged husband has filed a motion asking the court to order a psychiatric evaluation of her mother as the two battle it out over the custody of the Dulos children.
Fotis Dulos and Jennifer have five children together, aged 8 to 13, and they were embroiled in a heated custody battle when she went missing. He and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis have since been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the case after police allegedly found evidence of the cuple disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles. They have pleaded not guilty and are out on bond. Fotis is due back in court on Sept. 13. Troconis is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 20.
Fotis was also separately involved in a legal battle with Jennifer’s 85-year-old mother, Gloria Farber. Farber had filed a civil suit against her son-in-law for allegedly failing to repay her approximately $2 million he borrowed for his real-estate development company.
Farber has been granted custody of her grandchildren in the wake of Jennifer's disappearance, but Fotis is still trying to have custody transferred to him as he awaits trial.
One of Fotis’ lawyers filed a motion Friday asking for the court to order Farber to be evaluated because she “has previously been psychiatrically hospitalized" and because her family “discussed electric shock therapy as an option,” the Hartford Courant reports.
The motion claims that Farber once tried to kill herself and her husband.
“This troubling history of mental illness needs to be assessed to ensure that the children can be safely cared for by Ms. Farber,” Rochlin wrote, adding that an evaluation would be “in the minor children’s best interest.”
Rochlin also claims that Farber has isolated the kids from other family members and one of those relatives has spoken out.
Their uncle, and Fotis’ brother-in-law, Admiral George Kyrimis put out a statement saying, “We have repeatedly reached out to assist with the needs of the children, but Ms. Gloria Farber has denied any contact with our family, which happens to be the children’s family as well. We question Ms. Farber’s physical, psychological and mental ability, as well as her ability to make her own decisions, and care for the children.”
Kyrimis expressed fears in that statement that Farber is being "controlled, behind the scenes" by a law firm who "routinely prey on wealthy women with psychiatric issues to charge obscene fees with questionable results."
Farber's lawyers responded, calling the motion “yet another in a long string of gratuitous legal maneuvers by Mr. Dulos' attorneys,” Fox 61 Hartford reports. "This is in reference to a private, health-related issue that, as Mr. Dulos is well aware, was resolved years ago. We're not going to comment further."
Last week, the attorney representing Farber in civil lawsuits against Fotis requested he turn over all his financial records since 2017, Greenwich Time reports. Her attorney Richard Weinstein claims he has no obvious source of income nor any work lined up for his contract business and that he never paid Jennifer any child support. A mystery person from Greece, where Fotis is from, is reportedly funding his legal fees. Fotis has refused such an examination of his finances.
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