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Deli manager to get $11,500 in monthly alimony

The owner of a famous East Coast deli has been ordered to pay a massive sum in spousal support to her estranged husband, who has moved to Florida. The man, who had been the manager of New York City's Carnegie Deli, will receive $11,500 each month in alimony from his wife. His ex-wife left him after discovering that he may have been cheating on her with a waitress at their restaurant.

The man filed for divorce in 2013 after moving to Florida. His ex-wife then filed a suit against the man, his daughter and his lover, alleging that they had pilfered $10 million from the business. However, attorneys in the case say they have yet to see any evidence that the man wrote himself millions of dollars in checks from the eatery. The divorce is still pending, but New York law dictates that the less-moneyed spouse should receive compensation until the breakup is complete.

Official reports show that the man had sought $27,000 monthly, but calculations determined that $11,500 every month would be more reasonable. In addition, the man will receive $90,000 for legal fees associated with the case. The woman had made $1.7 million in 2012, though information from her 2013 tax return was not available.

A judge in the case is urging the couple to settle instead of pursuing litigation, which can take additional time and effort to resolve. Although settling can be advantageous for some couples, litigation definitely has its place as a useful tool during a divorce. Each relationship is different; your divorce team can help you craft the property division and divorce negotiation strategy that is best-suited to your individual situation. Although that might include collaborative divorce methods, litigation is also a viable option.

Source: Source: New York Post, "Former Carnegie Deli manager’s wife forced to pay him $11.5K a month," Julia March, July 2, 2014

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