NY Allows the King Solomon Approach to Dividing the House

Aging couple with four children live in spacious three story home in distinctive ethnic Brooklyn neighborhood both love.

Marriage breaks down. Among other issues, the wife alleges both psychological and physical abuse.

While the couple owns other nearby properties, each parent claims to love this home and does not want the upheaval of moving.

Further complicating the situation, it appears that physical custody of the children will be split, with one child to reside primarily with the husband and the remainder to reside primarily with the wife.

The trial court presiding over the case fashioned a creative solution: construct an interior wall to divide the house in half, with half to be occupied by the husband and half by the wife.

The innovative ruling was upheld on appeal by the wife.

Read more in this Miami Herald article: Divorcing couple wall off home – Amid a bitter divorce, a wall has gone up, dividing a Brooklyn couple’s house.