A Mississauga teen will celebrate his 19th birthday this week without his brothers as legal wrangling continues over his request to see his 12- and 14-year-old siblings in a divorce case gone out of control.

Lawyers in the complex case — one of the most controversial cases of parental alienation to be dealt with by the courts — have been urged by a judge to “clear the decks” so the teen’s legal request can be “treated with urgency.”

The case will be back before Justice Steven Clark of the Ontario Court of Justice April 30. The teen was recently granted standing by Clark, the first step in seeking custody of his brothers, who have been in foster care since last December. He wants to raise his brothers in his father’s bare-bones apartment, but has said he will move out if necessary and sue both parents for support, even though his father has not worked in years.