PORTLAND, Ore. - The divorce trial between Kaine Horman and his estranged wife Terri will begin January 2, Judge Henry Kantor announced on Friday.
The decision came at a hearing where both sides argued several issues including child support, how involved the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office can be and what information a psychologist can take into account when evaluating the couple.
Lawyers for Terri told the court they would soon request a hearing to get her temporary parenting time and temporary support. The judge scheduled a hearing for December 19 and 20 to hear that issue.
Judge Kantor also scheduled a full custody hearing for June 11-13 of next year. The psychologist told the court that he would need until next May to finish his evaluations.
Terri's lawyers expressed the concern that law enforcement information could come up during the evaluation process and "contaminate the process." The judge said that the psychologist can be told to ignore that information.
It also came out that Kaine was deposed by Terri's lawyers earlier this week. They told the judge that they followed his instructions about what they could and couldn't ask
As for the role of the DA - the judge said while the DA's office cannot have a formal, continuing role in the process, they will be allowed to appear before the court to argue for the protection of the integrity of the criminal investigation.
The Back Story
At the core of all this divorce wrangling is the disappearance of Kaine Horman's son, Kyron. The boy was last seen at Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010. He was at a pre-class science fair, where he was photographed, but then he disappeared.
Since then, a large-scale investigation and numerous searches have turned up very little.
The boy's stepmother, Terri Horman, was the last person to see him and although she has not been named a person of interest or a suspect, she has been the focus of the investigation.
The custody issues revolve around the couple's daughter.