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Alimony alone may not financially satisfy a former spouse

Making financial support payments to an ex-spouse is sometimes part and parcel of an Ohio divorce. Along with the division of debt and assets, custody assignments for children and the arrangement of child support payments, alimony is among the many appointments that may be made. A former spouse may find him or herself with a legal obligation to provide financial support to an ex once the divorce decree has been finalized.

In 2012, a New York man and his wife of 10 years divorced. The settlement required the man to make monthly alimony payments of $10,800. The man recently appeared in Supreme Court in Manhattan accusing his former spouse of theft. Apparently, the ex-wife and her boyfriend entered the man’s home and swiped high value property like a sculpture and leather chairs valued at $20,000 each. The man alleges his former spouse then disposed of his belongings by auctioning them off.

The man is a renowned jewelry and handbag designer and also reports that his ex-wife and her boyfriend made off with more than 200 items that he had designed. Their worth is estimated to be $500 to $1,200 each. In court, the man requested his former spouse pay him $500,000 for the stolen property and $1 million in damages. It is unknown if the activity the ex-spouse has been charged with was related to the divorce and alimony payments.

While each divorce is unique in its own rite, financial support payments to a former spouse are often part of it. People who have alimony questions or concerns may find it helpful to speak with an experienced attorney.

Source: New York Daily News, “Celebrity jeweler making claims ex-wife sold his belongings—and kept the money,” Bill Hutchinson

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