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This is a mayor who helped create the unfair "child custody" laws to which he now must face the music.
What goes around, comes around.
Prediction: next we will hear how Mayor Giuliani is abusing his wife or how his moving on with another woman is detrimental to the kids and therefore, his wife should keep the kids. Thus she gets custody.
Fathers have no rights in this country - now Mayor Giuliani will find this out for himself. --------------------------------- http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-07-27/News_and_Views/City_Beat/a-119772.asp?last6days=1
From: News and Views | City Beat | Friday, July 27, 2001
Judge Tells Rudy: Pay Donna $1,800 per month; mayor has moved out
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and HELEN PETERSON Daily News Staff Writers
Mayor Giuliani was ordered to pay $1,800 a month in temporary child support yesterday as it was revealed he has officially moved out of Gracie Mansion - apparently for good.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische, who is overseeing the mayor's bitter divorce from First Lady Donna Hanover, ruled that since Giuliani "no longer resides with [Hanover] and the children, [she] is the 'custodial parent' entitled to child support."
The decision came as mayoral buddy Howard Koeppel confirmed that Giuliani has been living rent-free at his East Side apartment "for some time." The Daily News reported last month that the mayor was bunking in the 32nd-floor pad.
The move will cost Giuliani $1,800 a month in child support for his kids, Andrew, 15, and Caroline, 11, retroactive to May. Friends say the mayor bailed out of Gracie Mansion partly because of concern over how his marital tensions might affect his cancer recovery.
But it's also clear he enjoys spending time with his "very good friend" Judith Nathan, who is barred from the mayoral residence by court order.
In her ruling, Gische said she arrived at the $1,800 figure after noting that many of the kids' expenses, such as housing, food and transportation, are currently provided by taxpayers.
She decided that "add-on" expenses - such as tuition and medical bills - should be split evenly between Hanover and Giuliani. Hanover, an actress and TV journalist, had sought $3,200 a month for child support, and asked that the mayor pay 85% of the add-on expenses.
Gische also denied Hanover's bid for $3,000 a month in maintenance, noting the mayor and his estranged wife have comparable incomes and are capable of supporting themselves.
But the judge granted Hanover's request that she and the kids be allowed to move back to the couple's upper East Side co-op when the mayor's term is up.
Lawyers for both Giuliani and Hanover claimed victory in the latest battle in the First Couple's public divorce war. "We are very happy with the decision," said Hanover's attorney, Helene Brezinsky.
"The mayor had paid no child support since May," she said. "He had to be compelled by court order to support his children. The judge reserved for trial virtually all other substantive issues."
Giuliani's attorney, Raoul Felder, said: "Suffice it to say we are very happy with this decision."
Felder said Giuliani was supporting his children. "This was just to codify it," he said.
Giuliani stopped depositing his paychecks in the couple's joint bank account in late May, according to the judge.
And for now, he's living with Koeppel, a Queens car dealer, and Koeppel's partner, in a four-bedroom East Side building with stunning views.
Koeppel said he doesn't mind sharing the apartment with Giuliani. "We have a very large place. He has his own entrance and his own bedroom and bathroom," Koeppel said.
He said the mayor isn't paying rent. "He's a guest," Koeppel said. "He's my friend. Why would I charge him rent?" In her wide-ranging decision, Gische also:
* Denied Hanover's bid to force Giuliani to pay the $58,000 salary of her press secretary, Joanie Danielides, whom he booted from the public payroll in May. Hanover argued the firings of Danielides and another staffer were "unjustified and vindictive" actions taken by the mayor after he dumped his estranged wife as the official hostess of Gracie Mansion. * Urged Giuliani not to move Hanover's office out of Gracie Mansion to City Hall, as he has threatened. * Approved Giuliani's bid to prohibit any of the parties from releasing copies of his upcoming Aug. 3 deposition.
She rejected Hanover's argument that it would be wrong to prohibit her from disseminating the videotape while the mayor "freely exploits the media to his own advantage."
Highlights of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische's decision yesterday in the Mayor Giuliani-Donna Hanover divorce case:
* The mayor must pay $1,800 a month in temporary child support, retroactive to May. * Giuliani and Hanover will split the children's private school tuition and medical bills. * Hanover gets no temporary support. * Hanover and the children can move into family's upper East Side co-op after Giuliani leaves office.
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