Former Real Housewives of New York City star Jules Wainstein was back in court last week for a divorce hearing and the battle against her ex-husband Michael continues. With so many issues yet to be settled, including financial support for Jules and a custody agreement pertaining to the exes two children, Jagger and Rio, it is yet to be determined how this will end for Jules.
E! News is reporting that Michael is seeking full custody of their daughter and son, claiming that Jules has a history of drug abuse. The judge shot down allegations that the RHONY episode in which Jules totes a “little bag of pills” is proof of the alleged abuse, and refused Michael’s lawyer’s request to drug test Jules.
Michael’s team claims they have submitted evidence detailing an incident in which Jules came home late at night, acted erratically and left food cooking on the stove before she passed out. Attorneys representing Michael also allege that Jules’ rehab stint was for drug abuse, in addition to an eating disorder. Jules insists it was only for her eating disorder.
Jules’ side insists that because of Michael’s busy work schedule, their submitted custody proposal (which affords Michael every other weekend and a weekday dinner with the kids) is “very fair.”
As for her requested spousal and child support, Jules’ legal counsel says that her lifestyle suffered because of Michael not paying taxes as well as bills over the past eight years. During the former couples’ first divorce hearing, the judge allocated a temporary support for Jules in the amount of $10,000 a month.
Michael’s lawyer did confirm that he has not paid taxes since 2008, but added that Jules’ financial filings about her soon-to-be ex-husband should not be taken for face value. Instead, his lawyers point to Jules “quadrupling” her spending while on TV to “keep up with her peers.”
Additionally, he claims she spends upwards of $2,000 per month on Uber, continuing that he is currently locked out of his Discovery and American Express credit cards because they’ve been maxed out. Jules attributes the Uber bill to taking her kids to and from school, which she told the judge can cost between $30 and $50 each way.
At the end of the day, the judge did not come to any conclusions, but warned Michael and Jules against taking the case to a trial for the sake of their children. Before adjourning, he urged them to settle the financial matters privately and more affordably.
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