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Unhappiness over New Jersey Divorce Decree Leads to Murder

In Freehold, New Jersey, a former third-grade teacher and her parents have pleaded guilty to their roles in the murder of the teacher''''s ex-husband and the attempted contract killing of the teacher''''s former mother-in-law.

The teacher, Kathleen Dorsett, was planning to move to Florida with her 20-month-old daughter and parents. She didn''''t want her ex-husband to come with them.

She and her parents were unhappy about the terms of a 2010 New Jersey divorce decree, in which they were ordered to find Stephen Moore, the teacher''''s ex-husband, a home within 25 miles of their own in Florida, subsidize his rent, help him find a job, and waive child support until he found one.

Thomas Dorsett had been providing for his daughter''''s family and caring for his granddaughter, who lived two houses away.

Kathleen Dorsett told the judge that she sent her 42-year-old ex-husband into the back yard, where her father, then 63, was waiting for him.

Thomas Dorsett started a fight with his former son-in-law and struck him in a head with a cable.

Kathleen Dorsett was indoors changing her daughter''''s diaper as she heard her former husband''''s screams.

Father and daughter then loaded Moore''''s body into the trunk of a car, which they paid someone to burn.

Lesley Dorsett, 68 -- Kathleen''''s mother and Thomas''''s wife -- also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. While her daughter was in jail, she tried to hire a hit man to kill Moore''''s mother. She was concerned that Moore''''s mother would testify in her daughter''''s trial, and was also unhappy that Moore''''s mother had been awarded temporary custody of Kathleen Dorsett''''s daughter.

Kathleen Dorsett tried to arrange the hit via a former fellow inmate. The former inmate contacted her domestic partner, who contacted police.

Of course, most divorce decrees don''''t lead to murder. But when the parties feel that a decree is unfair or burdensome, there can be considerable anger and resentment.

If you need help with your divorce or any other family law matter, contact an experienced family law attorney at the New Jersey Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.

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