Many divorces are so contentious that they go on for years. Sometimes, the fight is over the children. Other times, it’s over property or money. It can also be over everything, with the two parties agreeing on nothing. One man in Connecticut’s neighboring state of New York has taken the fight to a new level, though.
The man reportedly sold a property in Brooklyn, New York, during his divorce. After the sale, he refused to tell his wife what he did with that money. As a result, the court issued an order — five years ago — that he produce the money from the sale. He still refused.
The case went to the New York Court of Appeals. The court did not rule in favor of the ex-husband, though. They said that he is in civil contempt of the court order because he didn’t submit the evidence needed to show he couldn’t pay his wife money from the sold property.
The man invoked his right not to incriminate himself — or his Fifth Amendment right. The court did acknowledge this; however, the court said he still needed to show that he is not able to comply financially with the order. His attorney said that others needed to prove the man didn’t have the finances to pay the divorce settlement.
Divorce is complex, time-consuming and understandably emotional. While you may wish for an amicable divorce, you may end up with a long, drawn-out court battle. An attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected throughout the divorce proceedings.
Source: ctpost.com, “NY divorcing husband, silent about money, found in contempt,” Oct. 20, 2015