The Ontario supreme Court gives in favour of the children of George Chuvalo

News 14 January, 2018
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    Saturday, 13 January, 2018 15:03

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    TORONTO | In a decision issued Friday, the judge of the supreme Court of Ontario Frances Kiteley ruled that the legendary boxer canadian George Chuvalo no longer has the cognitive abilities to decide whether to reconcile or not with his wife of the past 24 years.

    After a tug of war court, which lasted two years between children of George Chuvalo and Joanne Chuvalo, the divorce proceedings will begin, finally, on Monday, reported the Toronto Star newspaper.

    The children of the former boxer, now 80 years old, have eventually prevailed in this case. They requested that the divorce be pronounced between their father and mother-in-law. To his side, Joanne Chuvalo, 61 years old, wanted to stay married to George Chuvalo.

    The former world champion heavyweight, who faced Muhammad Ali in 1966, was not present in the courtroom at the time of the verdict.

    The judge Kiteley has also urged family members to “bury the hatchet” in order to determine “the best plan for the last years of life,” Mr. Chuvalo, then, “that it will continue its inevitable decline”.

    Although Frances Kiteley has heard Mr. Chuvalo said that he wanted to live with his wife, she believes that the decision to reconcile is far more complex.

    “There is no evidence indicating that he understands the consequences of such a decision. Indeed, there are consequences, such as the change of the financial status quo between them. There are other consequences, such as the emotional impact if the attempt at reconciliation fails.”

    George Chuvalo had married Joanne Chuvalo in 1994, a few months after the death of his first wife, Lynne.

    In a judicial procedure, separate, Joanne continues to seek guardianship of her husband. Mr. Chuvalo is currently under the legal protection of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, the equivalent in Quebec of the public Trustee. George and Joanne Chuvalo living separately for several years.