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Copper weather vane disputed in Manhattan divorce settlement

Everyone knows how nasty divorces can be, especially when significant assets are at stake. The goal in these cases is limit the high drama and keep difficult emotions in their appropriate corners. That isn't always possible, though, and sometimes divorcing spouses go to flamboyant lengths in an effort to negotiate what they believe is their rightful property.

That appears to have been the case recently in Manhattan, where the divorce settlement between former model Kim Charlton and her ex-husband became a bit stormy. In fact, the dispute hinged on a $150 weather vane that the ex-husband said he was owed, and without which he said he would withhold $365,000 from his settlement with Charlton.

Images of the 56-year-old former model, Charlton, could be seen on fashion show runways and on New York City buses in the 1980s. She informed the judge that a worker had been hired to remove the weather vane from the $4 million family home after the marriage became rocky in 2009. Her ex-husband, however, claimed the removal of the weather vane had damaged the residence.

In her defense, Charlton showed the judge the screws the worker had removed to take down the weather vane.

Moreover, the judge vehemently noted that the $365,000 owed to Charlton "doesn't get offset by a weather vane." Since the ex-husband was already late in paying the settlement money, he was told to pay it right away.

Not every high-asset divorce has to be this contentious, but the complex division of property can lead to some stressful situations for both parties. A solid divorce strategy, however, replete with an inventory of marital and individual assets, can help the process go smoothly as possible.

Source: New York Post, "Former model Kim Charlton wins divorce fight by presenting disputed weather vane," Julia Marsh, May 30, 2013

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