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Durham mom loses custody during appeal

Posted July 7, 2011 6:23 p.m. EDT

— Two children who have been the subject of a very public custody dispute will be in the custody of their father, in Chicago, while he and his wife, Alaina Giordano of Durham, work out their differences.

After Judge Nancy Gordon ruled in April that the children would be better off living with their father, Kane Snyder, in Chicago, Giordano took her case to the court of public opinion, claiming on social media networks and in interviews that her diagnosis of breast cancer played into the decision.

Friends and doctors rallied to Giordano's cause and wrote letters in support of her appeal.

Chicago attorney Jeffrey Leving, who represents Snyder, says the judge's decision wasn't based entirely on Giordano's medical condition.

Giordano was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 while living in Pennsylvania. The couple moved to Durham in 2008 after Snyder was accepted to a master's program at Duke University Fuqua School of Business, according to court documents. They separated in January 2010, and Snyder moved to Chicago in August after receiving a job offer. The couple has not divorced.