It is not uncommon for divorce cases to take two, three, or even four years
to resolve. But the state of New York is currently seeing one of the longest
divorce proceedings in the state's history, a proceeding which has
been underway for well over a decade.
73 year old Joseph Yerushalmi and his wife, 66 year-old Malka, have been
in the process of divorce for the last 14 years. During that time Yerushalmi,
a former lawyer who used to have offices in Amsterdam and Israel, has
reportedly been paying Malka $15,000 per month in maintenance costs and
legal fees. Yerushalmi contends that his wife is delaying the finalization
of the divorce in order to continue to collect these monthly remittances.
Yerushalmi also claims that Malka misrepresented her net worth by concealing
her $1.2 million claim to her father's California estate.
Yerushalmi says that he lives in a mansion which he cannot afford to sell
until the divorce proceedings are finalized. When referring to the monthly
costs associated with maintaining the mansion, he stated "I am retired
with no income but social security to pay this tremendous amount of money."
Many wonder how the divorce could have dragged on for so long. Apparently,
a number of motions have caused the divorce proceedings to be continuously
delayed, and most recently a trial which was scheduled to take place in
2013 was postponed.