Judge rules in McGreevey divorce case

A Union County judge has ruled that former Gov. Jim McGreevey must pay child support to his now ex-wife Dina

A Union County judge has ruled that former Gov. Jim McGreevey must pay child support to his now ex-wife Dina Matos, but does not owe any alimony payments.

Superior Court judge Karen Cassidy issued the ruling this afternoon. McGreevey will have to pay $1,075 per month in child support — less than the $1,750 requested by Matos.

The ruling also requires that McGreevey pay Matos about $110,000 — representing half the balance in various accounts he holds. Matos had wanted half of all present and future assets, potentially totaling up to $1 million. But McGreevey does not need to split any earnings from his book, "The Confession", nor for his "alleged celebrity goodwill".

In the opinion accompanying the ruling, Cassidy writes: "Mrs. McGreevey is able to earn a living. Her ability to support herself is hampered by her accrual of significant debt even though she received over $275,000 from a book detailing her experiences with the plaintiff. She is not entitled to a lifestyle commensurate with that of the First Lady of New Jersey."

Neither party must pay the other for legal fees, which totals in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Judge rules in McGreevey divorce case