Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, January 8, 2016

Alimony Payments Denied for Brooklyn Man Who Abused, Raped Wife

From New York Daily News:

A Brooklyn man who’s serving a 40-year prison sentence for raping his abused wife has lost his galling bid to get alimony payments from her.

The callous creep, who’s being identified in court papers by his initials TT to protect his wife’s identity, claimed he supported his wife, identified as AT, when she went to school with “hustled cigarettes” and by collecting public assistance.

In a decision made public Wednesday, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Sunshine found TT hadn’t even done that much — but that he had beat up his wife so many times during their marriage that she wound up losing her job because of her excessive absences.

The judge also found TT’s claims he helped his wife with her schooling to be ridiculous because he was locked up on drug and gun charges at the time.

“If he was around, I would not have been able to finish college,” the 52-year-old woman testified during their divorce trial in March.

The couple tied the knot in 2002, and TT “engaged in extreme acts of physical and sexual violence” against his wife throughout the marriage, the judge found. He was arrested twice for attacking her, but AT testified that he’d brutalized her “a lot of times.”

Asked how many times she’d been assaulted in all, she testified she “can’t count, it’s been so many.”

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