Judge: McGreevey owes wife no alimony
TRENTON, N.J. (WABC) -- A Superior Court judge ordered former Gov. Jim McGreevey to pay his estranged wife $250 a week or $1,075 a month in child support to take care of their daughter as part of their divorce settlement. But in a win for McGreevey, Family Court Judge Karen Cassidy decided he does not have to pay Dina Matos any alimony.
The amounts McGreevey was ordered to pay for child care are much smaller than requested by former first lady Dina Matos.
A superior court judge ruled Friday that McGreevey, the nation's first openly gay governor, must pay $250 a week, or $1,075 a month, in child support for his 6-year-old daughter.
Matos had asked for $2,500 a month alimony for four years and $1,750 a month in child support. The couple share custody of the girl.
McGreevey, now a seminary student, said during the couple's contentious divorce trial that he's too poor to pay alimony.
According to reports McGreevey must also maintain health, dental and life insurance for Jacquline.
Other large pay outs include $52,462.12 McGreevey must pay from his Fidelity and Wachovia accounts, and another $56,833 from his Valic account
But the judge decided that McGreevey would not be required to pay any money derived from his memoir, "The Confession."
Matos had asked for 30 percent of the proceeds of McGreevey's book, "The Confession."
Officials say McGreevey will not receive award for her clothing or her jewelry. McGreevey's car is leased and shall not
The two and Matos battled each other for more than a year over money, custody of six-year-old daughter Jacqueline and whether the former first lady knew her husband was gay before they married.
The couple agreed in May to share equal custody of Jacqueline.
However, they could not agree over money, with both claiming they had little or none. McGreevey said he will only earn $48,000 this year, and Matos said she recently lost her job.
In her written ruling, Union County Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy lamented the anger and animosity she witnessed during the couple's divorce trial.
"Especially, in a matter as high profile as this, the court was disappointed that much of the testimony, particularly as it related to public figures within the State of New Jersey, and the dirty laundry associated therewith, needed to be aired in the public and in the press," Cassidy wrote.
"The McGreeveys clearly had agendas. As previously addressed, their anger seemed to override any ability to testify credibly or to be reasonable."
McGreevey abruptly resigned in 2004, acknowledging that he is "a gay American" who had an affair with a male staffer. The staffer denied the affair and said he was sexually harassed by the governor.
The couple formally separated in February 2005.
Neither McGreevey nor his ex-wife commented after the ruling was posted online.
"No alimony - that's what I'm talking about," McGreevey lawyer Stephen Haller said after scanning the opinion. "It's hard to imagine a more favorable ruling for Jim McGreevey's position."
Matos issued a statement before the ruling decrying the pain and suffering she and her family have endured throughout the separation and divorce.
The full statement from Matos is below:
I am releasing this statement in anticipation of Judge Cassidy's decision in the divorce trial between my former husband and me.
Beyond this statement, neither I nor my representatives will be contributing to media coverage of Judge Cassidy's decision at this juncture. I still believe that the nature and extent of that coverage has not been helpful.
The public has no notion of the extent of the pain that my daughter, my family and I have suffered privately over the last four years. With God's help and the prayers of so many supporters, we have, and continue to endure it. Although the victimization continues, I am stronger for the experience.
During those four years, hundreds of people who were privately experiencing the same pain, reached out to me for support, encouragement and guidance. I have spent a great deal of time consoling victims of infidelity, financial ruin, physical and psychological abuse, divorce and custody battles. Much of that time involved helping them understand and come to terms with the collateral damage to spouses, children and families resulting from scandal, divorce and abuse. I believe that time was well spent. It has provided me with a sense of purpose during very difficult times.
In the future I will continue to help people who are victimized by those they once thought they could trust.
WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick and Bob Monek
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