Real Housewives of New York star, Jules Wainstein, claims she and her minor children are facing eviction from their Gramercy Park townhouse while her estranged husband, Michael, has been living an extravagant lifestyle, vacationing in Florida, hosting “Shabbat parties” and taking flying lessons.
Wainstein alleges that Michael Wainstein owes her $20,000 in child support, $33,900 for their children’s private school tuition and $34,190 for back rent, in addition to other expenses. Allan Mayefsky, the divorce lawyer for Jules Wainstein, has filed a motion to find her ex-husband in contempt. An experienced family law attorney may provide assistance to individuals that need to enforce an existing court order for alimony or child support in Florida.
Michael Wainstein’s attorney has tried to explain his client’s failure to pay by stating that he simply doesn’t have the money. Jules’ attorneys aren’t buying it. “We wonder how he’s paying his expenses, your honor, he seems to be doing OK, living fine . . . traveling to Florida, hosting dinners,” Mayefsky said in court in early January 2017.
The couple’s marriage began to fall apart starting with an argument that resulted in one of them calling 911. Michael Wainstein filed for divorce in July of 2016 requesting full custody of the couple’s two children. In court proceedings so far, their lawyers have made allegations of money problems, drug use, and unfit parenting.
“There are eviction notices outstanding for my client’s two floors of their residence — not the third floor, which is [the husband’s],” Mayefsky said. Michael has allegedly been throwing Jewish Sabbath parties for 30 families at an Upper West Side condo enclave The Apthorp.
He’s also “pursuing a pilot’s license” in Florida, Mayefsky said. “Why are we pursuing pilot’s license instead of paying child support?” Judge Katz asked. However, Michael Wainstein’s lawyer, Leia Richardson, denied the claim. Judge Katz ordered Michael to pay Jules $25,000 and set a hearing for February 2017, to determine if Michael will face jail time or a fine for contempt.
In Florida, contempt of court results when a court order has been disobeyed. This includes situations when an order for alimony or child support is not followed or obeyed. The consequences include fines, sanctions, or incarceration, and contempt may be civil or criminal.
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