Portions of a confidential affidavit filed in 2011 in the divorce case involving Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his estranged wife, Mary, were posted online recently. The information was released after Mary's tragic suicide at the family's New York estate. The contents of the affidavit reveal a contentious relationship between the two. Mary's family has vehemently denied the accusations made in the document.
According to the report, Robert had requested that a court stop Mary from behavior including physical attacks on him, going to his house after the two had separated, showing up on trips uninvited, and stealing his possessions. He also requested that she remain sober in front of their children, stop threatening to commit suicide in front of them, and refrain from talking about their marriage to the children.
Kennedy said that he needed Mary to sign a custody agreement and needed the court to grant a protective order "for the sake of my children and for my own safety and sanity." His first attempt at divorce was prompted by allegations that Mary was abusive toward his two children from a prior marriage. He claims that she stole from the kids and made them feel that she hated them.
Even after Mary's death, the conflict continued as one of her brothers went to court in an attempt to get custody of her body. Divorce can be extremely difficult on everyone involved as was the case for Robert and Mary Kennedy. Sadly, Mary is not here to defend herself against the allegations.
Source: CBS News, "RFK Jr. calls Mary Kennedy abusive in court papers," June 11, 2012