The couple taking separation literally
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