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Divorce pulled Lanza family apart

Connecticut Post
Updated 9:06 am, Sunday, December 16, 2012
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An undated photo of Nancy Lanza was provided by a family member. (Courtesy Family of Nancy Lanza)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- When the parents of Adam Lanza divorced in 2009, the couple's relationship had broken down over "irreconcilable differences."

Once the divorce papers were finalized, the father, Peter Lanza, agreed to provide significant alimony payments to his ex-wife, Nancy Lanza, including monthly payments of $10,000 a month and increasing to a minimum of $12,450 up until 2023.

Adam Lanza, who is believed to have shot to death 26 elementary school students and staffers in a Newtown murder spree Friday morning, had worked out an agreement that included joint custody of Adam Lanza, who was 17 at the time, although he was to live primarily with his mother, the records state.

The divorce filings indicated that Adam Lanza had lived in Sandy Hook since his birth.

Police have given no indication of what Lanza's motive may have been and it is not clear what his connection was to the elementary school.

There have been reports that Nancy Lanza worked at the school. But ABC News and "The Today Show" reported that Janet Robinson, superintendent of schools in Newtown, said there is no record that Adam Lanza or his mother Lanza ever worked there.Peter Lanza, a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services, declined to answer questions from reporters in front of his home in Stamford in the Westover section of the city. A neighbor said Peter Lanza had recently remarried.

The court documents list Peter Lanza's gross weekly income as $8,556 and that he was required to pay all of Adam Lanza's college and graduate school expenses.

Peter and Nancy Champion Lanza were married in 1981 in Kingston, N.H.

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