Tom says he hasn’t seen his children in about six months and is fighting his ex-wife, Michelle, for custody of their two boys. He claims she tried to hire a hit man to “get rid” of him. Michelle denies she tried to have her ex-husband killed. She’s claiming Tom is violent and abusive.

When the former spouses meet with Dr. Phil, he tells them the one thing he says he believes is essential for the two of them to make progress. Tune in on Thursday to see the full episode.

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