In a decision rendered in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Fairfield at Bridgeport, the Court took a hard stance against a husband that dissipated assets, doctored bank statements and intentionally hid accounts during the pendency of his divorce. The parties were married in India in 2009. The wife claimed that after moving to the United States, she lived a life of total isolation. The husband allegedly left for work very early each morning, and returned home late each night, while the wife had no friends and no knowledge of American practices or culture. The wife further claimed that the husband failed to fulfill her basic needs, such as providing her with food and clothing.
The Court’s Findings
The husband denied the wife’s allegations; however, due to the husband’s conduct during the discovery process, the court found his testimony to be lacking credibility, and ultimately held him responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. More specifically, the court found that after receiving notice of the pending divorce, the husband withdrew over $100,000.00 from a bank account, transferring the money to an unknown and undisclosed location. The court ordered the husband to obtain bank account statements demonstrating to where the monies had been transferred, however, he never complied.
The court further found that, while self-represented, the husband provided doctored account statements on which he “whited out” numbers and inserted new ones. Additionally, during trial, the wife’s attorney revealed that the husband maintained a bank account in New York which he never included on his financial affidavit, and which he claimed under oath did not exist. The court also found that the husband intentionally got himself fired from a job which was paying him $150,000.00 per year and that, as a result, he was in arrears on his alimony.
Based on the husband’s deceptive conduct and failure to follow court orders, the court awarded the wife lump sum (as opposed to periodic) alimony from his share of the marital estate. The court also awarded the wife the entirety of several bank/retirement accounts as well as $15,000 in counsel fees.
Should you have any questions about divorce proceedings, or family matters in general, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Joseph Maya. He can be reached in the firm’s Westport office at (203) 221-3100 or by e-mail at JMaya@mayalaw.com.