Experts: Divorce battles can take violent turns

After multiple court appearances, Sam and Amy Friedlander were due back before a judge Thursday. They had been living together as their bitter divorce battle played out, which has become more common among couples divorcing during the economic crisis.

But, experts warn, the arrangement can have devastating consequences. Amy Carron Day, a Mount Kisco attorney and divorce mediator, is also close with many who were friends of the Friedlanders.

She says their multiple court appearances suggest the couple could not come to a settlement agreement, exacerbating an already volatile situation.

"People are generally very raw, very emotional. The situation at home is very toxic," she says.

The murderous rampage that took the lives of the Friedlanders and their children is not the first deadly divorce battle to play out in Westchester.

Cortlandt jeweler Werner Lippe is serving 25 years to life in prison for beating his wife, Faith, to death and then burning her body in their backyard in 2008. The two were in the middle of a divorce and custody battle for their two kids.

And earlier this year, former NYPD housing officer Edwin Coello was accused of murdering his estranged wife Tina, a New Rochelle nurse, after reporting her missing. He's now awaiting trial. Police and town officials discuss murder-suicide in Cross River Cortlandt man gets 25 years to life for wife's murder Ex-cop pleads not guilty in wife's murder

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