The decision comes amid a contentious divorce and custody proceedings between Snell and Parnell, who are still legally married but have been separated for years. Snell has accused her husband of choking her and injuring their children — all claims that Parnell has denied.
The judge’s ruling, following a three-day custody trial, noted that “Laurie Snell was the more credible witness.”
“Ms. Snell is grateful that justice prevailed,” according to a statement from the Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Office, which represented Snell. “She has been awarded sole legal and primary physical custody of their children. She will continue, as always, to focus on their best interests.”
Parnell will still have partial physical custody of the children various weekends each month. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A campaign spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Court proceedings revealed a volatile relationship between Snell and Parnell that continued to sour even after the couple separated.