An administrative investigator later stated that he'd never seen such a concerted effort against an individual officer. The judge handling the divorce case told the Heath/Palins that if their actions cost Wooten his job they would be financially liable. He also warned them to curtail their attacks. "Disparaging will not be tolerated-it is a form of child abuse," he said. The judge added that "the parent" (Molly) needs to set boundaries for her relatives.
The judge granted the divorce decree in 2006, but added a further warning to Molly, saying he'd be playing close attention to any problems in the custody arrangement, specifically "the disparagement of the father by the mother and her family members. It is the mother's responsibility to set boundaries for her relatives and ensure they respect them, and the disparagement by either parent or their relatives is emotional child abuse."
Extraordinarily, the judge went further, writing that "If the court finds it necessary due to disparagement in the Mat-Su Valley, for the child's best interests, it will not hesitate to order custody to the father and a move into Anchorage."