Most New York couples dream of sharing a life, a beautiful wedding day, and a future family together. Most likely do not dream of a day in court arguing over finances and the division of assets. For many couples, divorce court is a sad reality to the end of a marriage. Even though one couple's marriage was terminated years ago, they recently argued in court about discrepancies in their divorce settlement agreement.
Armando Montelongo and his ex-wife, Veronica, became reality television stars due to their cable television show on A&E called "Flip This House." The show aired for three years before their divorce in 2012. Until recent court hearings, their divorce settlement had remained confidential.
Veronica accused Armando of not making the last $147,500 in her five-year spousal maintenance payments. According to their agreement in 2012, Veronica was to be paid $250,000 a year for five years in addition to $4,000 a month in alimony payments. Veronica requested the family law court to jail her former husband and fine him $1,000 daily until he paid. Armando disagreed with Veronica's accusations and claimed to have overpaid her $47,600. However, another confidential agreement was made between the couple, and Armando did not have to spend a night in jail.
When couples find it difficult to remain married, it is not unusual for it to be challenging to agree on a divorce settlement. As in this case, disagreements and legal complications can last well past the official end of a marriage. As a result, many New York spouses find it beneficial to have an attorney advocate on their behalf and advise them on the best approach to terminate their marriage.
Source: wbaltv.com, "Divorce documents reveal eye-popping 'spousal maintenance' fee for one-time celebrity house-flippers," Nov. 17, 2017