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Divorce document hints at a troubled Haskell

By Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner Staff - | Jul 10, 2014

LOGAN — A psychological evaluation and a “mutual restraining order” were among the conditions dictated in Ronald Lee Haskell’s divorce from Melanie Kaye Haskell earlier this year.

Haskell is accused of killing his ex-wife’s sister and her husband, along with four of their children, on Wednesday evening in a Houston suburb. Police believe Haskell may have gone to Texas from the Logan area, looking for his ex-wife and their four children.

As part of the couple’s divorce, which was granted on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — by 1st District Court Judge Thomas Willmore, Ronald Haskell was ordered to receive a psychological evaluation before earning unsupervised visits with his children.

“Until (Ronald Haskell) receives a psychological evaluation, and provides documentation from his evaluator, that he is mentally and emotionally stable enough to care for the children on his own, (his) parent time shall be supervised,” according to the document, obtained Thursday by the Standard-Examiner.

The decree of divorce also included a Mutual Restraining Order, instructing both parties to — among other things — “stay away from the other party’s place of residence, employment, schooling, and vehicle,” and “not commit, try to commit or threaten to commit any form of violence against the other. This includes stalking, harassing, threatening, physically hurting, or causing any other form of abuse.”

Other information gleaned from the couple’s decree of divorce:

• They were married March 15, 2002, in Orange County, Calif.

• They separated on June 12, 2013.

• Melanie Haskell filed for divorce on Aug. 28, 2013.

• The reason for granting the divorce was listed as “mutual irreconcilable differences.”

• The Haskells were to share joint legal custody, with Melanie Haskell as the primary custodial parent, of their four children — listed in the document only as “J.J.H., born January 2003; M.L.H., born January 2005; J.L.H., born March 2007; and L.C.H., born June 2011.”

• At the time of the divorce, documents list Ronald Haskell’s income as $2,300 per month. He was ordered to pay $773 per month in child support.

• Alimony was not awarded “because the parties are able to support themselves.”

• Melanie Haskell was given the marital property at 592 W. 300 North, Smithfield — a home appraised at approximately $190,000, with a $160,000 mortgage.

• Ronald Haskell received “the 2005 Dodge truck, Alex Louie picture, spare linens, pots and pans, and any work tools.”


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