Ah, yes, divorce… from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.

When they married in 1986, Christo and Sharlene Lassiter vowed to create a marriage that would last in good times and bad.

Instead, the marriage lasted 10 years – seven years less than their divorce-related legal battles. That fight has been so acrimonious that it’s resulted in rare instances of judges sharply rebuking the pair. One judge noted the ex-spouses are both law professors and, by their actions in court, are teaching future lawyers how to ignore court rules and make a mockery of the legal profession.

“I am really shocked, because when I was in law school my professors were outstanding. They never would have told me that behaving the way you all have, both of you, over the past 20 years, is acceptable behavior,” Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Leslie Ghiz told their attorneys in a July hearing.

Christo Lassiter, 56, is a law professor at the University of Cincinnati. Sharlene Lassiter, 52, who is remarried and now known as Sharlene Boltz, is a law professor at Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. The divorce lawsuit had an astounding 1,400-plus entries filed in it, at least 1,000 more than a typical divorce file.

“Holy cow, that is extremely rare,” Loveland attorney George Maley said of the 17 years of divorce and post-divorce suits between the former spouses.

A typical divorce without children can be completed in six to nine months, Maley said. One involving children, custody and visitation can be completed in a year.

Not so for Lassiter and Boltz. The filings have included Boltz calling the police to Lassiter’s workplace several times; both having and then losing custody of their two children, now ages 20 and 17. It also involves several complaints by judges presiding over the case that the law professors, who they say should know the rules of the courts, repeatedly violated those rules. {Read on}

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