New York Wife receives monthly alimony of $850. This spousal support award is based, at least in part, upon an alleged disability that purportedly prevents Wife from working.
Husband, who is the one paying Wife the alimony, would, of course, prefer to be relieved of his burden. Husband keeps his eyes peeled for opportunities to put an end to it.
And then Husband finds …
Wife’s online blog. With photos of Wife belly dancing.
And entries to the effect that Wife belly dances – vigorously – several hours each and every day.
So, Husband files family court papers to modify his alimony obligation. Wife defends that her belly dancing is purely physical therapy.
But the New York family court sees things differently.
And reduces Wife’s permanent spousal support. To less than half the original amount. And to only two years’ duration.
And awards Husband his attorney’s fees from Wife.
And orders Wife to vacate and sell the marital home … and pay Husband sixty (60%) percent of the net proceeds of sale.
Subsequently, Wife reportedly asserts that she is merely “posing” in some posted photos and that she can and does only gentle stretches, not true belly dancing.
Medical evidence, or even evidence of legal “disability status”, are conspicuous by their apparent absence from the case.
If the ruling seems harsh, it appears that the divorce court concludes that Wife has misrepresented her disability to the court and, in doing so, has defrauded the court. And that doesn’t sit well with the court.
Read more in:
- this [Vero Beach, FL] Student Operated Press article: ‘Disabled’ Lady Posts Belly Dancing Pics Online, Judge Cuts Her Alimony In Half
- this [UK] Daily Mail article: ‘Disabled’ wife who lost alimony payments over belly dancing photos says she was only posing and
- this New York post article: ‘Disabled’ woman seeking alimony revealed to be belly dancer