Vancouver Sun

‘HOUSEWIFE’ MUST PAY

Ex TV star loses in court

- KEITH FRASER kfraser@postmedia.com twitter.com/ keithrfras­er

Jody Claman, a former star of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, has been ordered to pay special costs a second time after a dispute with her ex-husband over child-custody payments.

Claman, who was a cast member on the now-defunct reality TV series for two seasons, lost a child-custody battle with her former husband, Eran Friedlande­r, in 2015.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Miriam Gropper ordered that Friedlande­r, an investment banker, has sole custody of the couple’s now10-year-old daughter. The judge found that Claman had deliberate­ly tried to mislead and deceive the court on numerous occasions, and that there was an “improper motive” at play.

She also found that Claman had engaged in the non-disclosure of some of her assets, mostly her business records and any loans she received, and awarded Friedlande­r special costs. Several years later the former couple headed back to court in a dispute over childcusto­dy payments.

In May, the judge ordered Claman to pay nearly $50,000 in retroactiv­e child support after finding that her annual salary was much higher than she claimed in court.

Claman had listed her income as $5,806, while her expenses were $414,206. The judge noted that her yearly amount of expenses on food exceeded her total income and the amounts she spent on restaurant bills alone gobbled up half of her claimed yearly income.

The judge concluded that based on her lifestyle and the expenses claimed on her financial statements, she had an annual income of $200,000.

The parties disputed the costs of the child-support applicatio­ns, with Friedlande­r arguing that special costs should be awarded against Claman on the basis that her conduct was “reprehensi­ble, blameworth­y and deserving of rebuke.”

Friedlande­r’s arguments were similar to those made in the earlier applicatio­n, namely that Claman had tried to mislead or deceive the court.

Claman acknowledg­ed that her former husband had succeeded in his applicatio­ns, but denied that her conduct was reprehensi­ble and argued that offers to settle the matter were not reasonably capable of acceptance.

But the judge agreed with Friedlande­r, finding that Claman’s position regarding her financial assets was virtually unchanged from her trial evidence and that she had once again tried to mislead or deceive the court, this time in an attempt to reduce the amount of child support.

“It follows that she has failed to disclose all of her assets,” the judge said in a ruling posted on the court’s website Wednesday. “This conduct is reprehensi­ble, as that term has been interprete­d in the costs jurisprude­nce.”

The judge referred the matter to the court registrar to determine the amount of special costs Claman will have to pay.

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 ?? SUSAN LAZARUK ?? The Real Housewives of Vancouver personalit­y Jody Claman, left, pictured with divorce lawyer Suzan El-Khatib in 2014, was found in B.C. Supreme Court to have engaged in non-disclosure of some of her assets and ordered to pay special costs to her...
SUSAN LAZARUK The Real Housewives of Vancouver personalit­y Jody Claman, left, pictured with divorce lawyer Suzan El-Khatib in 2014, was found in B.C. Supreme Court to have engaged in non-disclosure of some of her assets and ordered to pay special costs to her...

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