Long-Russell v. Hampe

In Long-Russell v. Hampe, 2002 WY 16, 39 P.3d 1015 (Wyo. 2002), the Court cited to a Colorado case for its discussion of the child custody issues. The Court stated, "with specific regard to the claim relating to child custody, we view with favor the case McGee v. Hyatt Legal Services, Inc., 813 P.2d 754, 758-59 (Colo.App. 1990), for the additional guidance it provides." The Court noted that court's concerns about the impossibility of quantifying intangible injuries to the parent-child relationship, the effect recognition of damages would have on the district court's authority to regulate and supervise custody decisions which must turn on the best interests of the child, the certainty of some significant level of emotional disturbance in the dissolution of a marriage which includes a child custody component (especially one burdened with a high level of animosity), as well as the certainty that neither parent can reasonably expect full-time custody of the children because of the statutorily required liberal visitation with the non-custodial parent.