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Old 12-12-2008, 12:58 PM
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WEST PALM BEACH — The bitter world of divorce and alimony took a novel twist Wednesday.

Andrew Craissati of Palm Beach Gardens had challenged paying alimony to his former wife, Patricia, arguing that their agreement called for him to pay only until her remarriage or if she "cohabitated" with another person for more than three months.

Patricia Craissati, 48, was later sentenced to prison.

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that she is indeed "cohabitating" - with her cellmate.

Two members of the three-judge panel concurred and ordered her alimony payments stopped. A third dissented, writing Craissati's involuntary assignment to a cellmate is not cohabitation. "I would affirm the trial court's reasoning that this is an absurd result," wrote Judge Larry Klein.

The couple divorced in 2001. In 2005, Patricia Craissati was sentenced to nine years in prison for a DUI accident which severely injured two men. She is at Hillsborough Correctional Institution on the west coast.

Her attorney, Steven Cripps, said when he first heard of the ex-husband's argument that she was cohabitating with a cellmate he said: "Are you kidding me? You are going to take advantage of this situation and do this?"

Cripps says she's been receiving just over $2,000 a month in alimony while in prison. He said he will ask for a rehearing before the appeals court.

"It goes to show the most winnable case is losable and the most losable case is winnable," said the attorney of 29 years.
Ex-wife's alimony cut off because she has cellmate

I find it interesting from a perspective of alimony would, in theory, help support the ex-wife as she lost the husband's support due to the divorce.
And when in jail, housing and food are paid for by the state. The alimony check's "purpose" is being (in some sense) lost.

But the angle used in this case? Cutting off alimony cause she is "co-habitating" but against her will?
If she had enough advance warning, I would wonder if asking for "solitary confinement" (and receiving) would mitigate this argument.

That, and I think that when she is FORCED to cohabitate against her will, it's kind of absurd.
Suppose she was in the hospital for an extended period and she had other patients in her hospital room. Would that also be viable??
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