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As Lanza's parents divorced, no hint of bitterness


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - When the parents of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza divorced in 2009, their legal documents offer no hints of an acrimonious split and make no mention of any lingering mental health or medical issues for the then-teenage boy.

Under the terms of the divorce, Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, received $289,800 in alimony this year.

There is no evidence of bitterness in the court file, no exchange of accusations or drawn out custody disputes.

Nancy and Peter Lanza had joint legal custody of Adam but he lived with his mother. The parents agreed to consult and discuss major decisions affecting Adam's best interests. In instances where the parents couldn't agree, Nancy Lanza "shall make the final decision," Judge Stanley Novak wrote on Sept. 24, 2009.

The couple married in June 1981 in Kingston, N.H. The divorce file said the marriage "has broken down irretrievably and there is no possibility of getting back together."

As part of the divorce, Nancy Lanza was ordered to attend a parenting education program. The provider, Family Centers Inc., certified that she completed the program on June 3 and June 10, 2009. The document says only that Lanza "satisfactorily completed the program."

The documents say Adam Lanza has lived his entire life at the Newtown home where he shot his mother to death. After shooting her, he went to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.

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