The cou­ple tak­ing sep­a­ra­tion lit­er­ally

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

WHEN A cou­ple breaks, there are al­ways awk­ward prob­lems over who gets the Neil Di­a­mond records, who gets cus­tody of the cat and the mi­crowave, and, of course, who keeps the house and who has to find a new place to live.

Now a New York cou­ple has sidestepped the lat­ter is­sue smartly — they have put a wall though the for­mer mar­i­tal home to di­vide it in two. Shame, then, that this does not seem to have solved the prob­lem.

Si­mon and Chana Taub bought their house in the Bor­ough Park sec­tion of Brook­lyn 18 years ago. When they split up, they both wanted to stay in the prop­erty. So Mr Taub, a cloth­ing mil­lion­aire, de­cided to split the res­i­dence in two, a move which has in­curred the wrath of his wife, who ap- pealed against the struc­ture — and lost.

De­spite the fact that the cou­ple will be neigh­bours, it seems they will not be pop­ping around for cups of sugar.

Said Mr Taub of Chana: “Her mother got di­vorced, her fa­ther got di­vorced, all of her sis­ters got di­vorced. For her, di­vorce is al­ways ugly.”

Coun­tered Mrs Taub’s sis­ter-in­law Es­ther Ne­w­house: “This is a multi-mil­lion­aire who says he has nowhere to live. He has noth­ing else to do but tor­ment his wife.”

Neigh­bours were keen to pitch in too. “The whole com­mu­nity is against her,” said a friend of Mr Taub’s from the lo­cal syn­a­gogue.

Let’s hope that at least they came to an agree­ment over the Neil Di­a­mond records.

Chana Taub: stuck in the house

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