Many Maryland residents likely know someone who has gone through an ugly divorce. Whatever the reason for the failed marriage, decisions of alimony, property division and child custody can be difficult to determine. One couple who became famous because of a house flipping show has recently battled in court about their alimony agreement almost five years after their divorce has finalized.
The couple, Armando Montelongo and former wife Veronica, became famous through their real estate and house flipping business. Cable television aired a show called “Flip this House,” featuring multiple homes that they flipped, resulting in the couple’s popularity. The couple quietly divorced approximately six years after the show initially aired.
Until recently, the terms of the couple’s divorce remained sealed in court records. Veronica’s request of the courts to force Armando to complete his final payment of spousal support revealed the details of the couple’s original agreement. In 2012, the couple apparently agreed that Veronica would receive $250,000 a year for five years in addition to $4,000 a week in alimony. Allegedly, Armando missed his deadline to pay 2016’s $250,000 payment and still owed Veronica $147,500. Armando disagreed and felt his records indicated he had paid too much in alimony and spousal maintenance payments.
Veronica requested that her ex-husband be jailed and fined daily until his debt was paid. Fortunately, the couple came to an undisclosed agreement, and Armando did not have to spend a day in jail. Maryland couples that anticipate similar difficult decisions of alimony, property division or child custody agreements for a pending divorce could benefit from the advice of a family law attorney. An attorney can assist in meditation and negotiate on behalf of the client to the opposing party.
Source: mysanantonio.com, “Montelongo divorce documents reveal eye-popping ‘spousal maintenance’ fee,” Patrick Danner, Nov. 16, 2017