It’s been a while since we checked in with Jules Wainstein’s legal battles with her estranged husband Michael as their divorce proceedings continue to play out in the Manhattan Supreme Court. Last we heard, Michael was supposed to pay $10,000 a month in child support, the rent and utilities where Jules lives with the children, their private school tuition and the utilities. Last January he was behind $20,000 in child support, $33,900 for tuition and $34,190 for back rent and utilities.
The couple was in court today because Michael continues to request a reduction in child support. It seemed that Michael had caught up on child support and tuition, it was unclear if the rent was up to date. It was clear that the electricity in the children’s apartment had been shut off. Oddly, Morghan Richardson, Michael’s attorney was the person to bring this information to the judge’s attention. It is odd because Michael is responsible for paying the bill. He waited until it was cut off before he went to work out a payment plan.
Richardson also brought up recent purchases made by Jules. It appears that just before today’s hearing, Michael got around to paying Jules $25,000 from the sale of a car and $12,000 to get caught up on child support. According to Page Six, Richardson brought up today that Jules is spending money on “Amazon orders, food from Seamless, shoes from Zappos, and deliveries from the online app Postmasters.” Um, I’ve never seen Louboutins at Zappos, and how does she know the items were not for the kids?
Richardson asked that her client’s Child support be decreased from $10,000 to $2,500 because “The amounts that he’s paid the defendant in just the last few months eclipse his annual income.” The thing with that is he pays himself because he owns the business. It’s the same business that supported the family before he ran off with the side piece. We can assume he is generating similar amounts of revenue to that time period.
Jules’ lawyer, Allan Mayefsky thinks that Michael is hiding money, a claim that has been ongoing. He told the judge, “There’s a lot of machinations going on here.” Last time they were in court, Michael was taking trips to Florida and hosting large Shabbat dinners in upscale locations while claiming to be broke in court.
Meanwhile, Mayefsky outed Jules salary for RHONY in court claiming Jules made “just” $60,000 for her single season and her Modern Alkeme brand has not generated income for her at all despite the Whole Foods deal. I’ve been telling you that Bravo has finally wised up when it comes to housewives salaries. New hires have not been paid the astronomical salaries for the last two or three years. Veteran housewives still get raises in line with what they have always received. As for Modern Alkeme, her product is only in a few select stores and is new, so it’s quite understandable that her revenue does not yet offset her expenses.
In other rich people who don’t file taxes news, Page Six reports that the couple didn’t file taxes from 2008 through 2015. WTF?
Court observers seem to feel that the judge. who said in open court, “The picture of him being someone rolling in money is not emerging,” was leaning toward a reduction in support.
If you think that Bethenny Frankel might be a compassionate friend to Jules in this situation you’d be wrong. Bethenny has repeatedly claimed that Jules came on to RHONY to get divorce.