October 16, 2008

Don't Use Pennies to Pay for Alimony

In my many years of practice, I have not found many clients happy to pay court ordered alimony. In some cases, the client was quite unhappy and aggravated. An example of such a reaction occurred recently in Orlando. Florida. 

At the conclusion of his divorce case, the husband was ordered to pay his wife $5,000 in lump sum alimony. He was very upset and attempted to aggravate his former wife to the same extent that he felt. Consequently, he made the lump sum payment in pennies. He had 500,000 pennies delivered to her lawyer's office. Neither the former wife nor her attorney thought that the delivery of this enormous amount of pennies was humorous or was made in good faith. "Pennies from Heaven" was a popular song during the 1930s. However, the court did not consider the payment to be heavenly. The court found the former husband in contempt for using the alimony order of the court to harass the former wife. The court ordered that the alimony was to be paid by certified check.

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Divorce attorneys would shake their heads at the unwise act of the former husband. Although his actions may have brought him some short term emotional or psychological satisfaction, his actions also created a negative impression with the trial judge that may come back to haunt him in the future.


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