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  • Boy Who 'Divorced' Dad Gets Adopted

    Updated: 10:00 PM EST
    Boy Who 'Divorced' Dad Gets Adopted
    By KATHARINE WEBSTER, AP

    CANTON, Mass. (March 24) - A teen who won a groundbreaking legal battle last summer to "divorce" his killer father walked out of court Thursday with new adoptive parents.





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    Patrick Holland, center, looks up at his adoptive mother Rita Lazisky after his adoption was finalized in Canton, Mass. Patrick's adoptive father Ron Lazisky looks on at right.


    "I don't think I'll ever be over it," Patrick Holland said of his mother's 1998 slaying by his father, "but it's a step forward. It's about the biggest step you can take at one time."

    Patrick, 15, was adopted by Ron and Rita Lazisky; the pair have been his guardians and were close friends of the teen's mother.

    The Laziskys, of Sandown, N.H., have cared for Patrick since shortly after Daniel Holland fatally shot Liz Holland at the family's Quincy, Mass., home. Then 8, Patrick found his mother's body the following morning. Daniel Holland is serving life in prison without parole.

    Patrick was one of the first children to initiate a parental-rights termination proceeding against one parent for killing the other. He argued Daniel Holland forfeited any right to be his father the night he shot Liz Holland eight times.

    The Massachusetts Department of Social Services placed the boy in a "bridge" home while grandparents on both sides competed with the Laziskys for custody. But Patrick wanted to live with the Laziskys, and lived there after they qualified as foster parents.

    "I'm just so happy. I never thought I'd see the day," a beaming Rita Lazisky said after the closed hearing in Norfolk County Probate and Family Court.

    Her husband added: "I had to hold back tears. It's been a very uphill battle for us for four years."


    The Laziskys' names will be on Patrick's new birth certificate. The boy will keep the name Holland - the last name he shared with his mother.

    After Patrick moved in with the Laziskys, Massachusetts social workers brokered a settlement with Daniel Holland's parents that made the Laziskys the boy's legal guardians; the agreement stipulated they could not seek adoption until 2005. Because there was no adoption, Daniel Holland's parental rights were not terminated.

    That was fine with Patrick, until his father started asking for his school and counseling records. The teen then decided to go to court.

    After nearly three years of legal wrangling over whether a minor could sue to terminate parental rights - and whether the case belonged in Massachusetts or New Hampshire - Patrick got a hearing date.

    On the eve of the trial last July, Daniel Holland agreed to settle, signing away his parental rights in an agreement specifying Patrick was the sole heir to the slain woman's estate and clearing the way for the adoption.

    The family said its next goal is to push for the passage of "Patrick's Law," which would suspend the parental rights of any parent convicted of murdering the other, and give the couple's children a say on whether the rights would be terminated permanently.


    03-24-05 21:43 EST

    Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
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  • #2
    that title is really confusing
    true ^

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    • #3
      i had nuthin to do with tha title homie
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      • #4
        Aww, thats sweet that he can finally be normal.

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        • #5
          ^lmao
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