Ex-wife wants higher alimony

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Ex-wife wants higher alimony
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Justin D. Anderson
Daily Mail Staff

Thursday September 28, 2006

The ex-wife of a prominent Charleston marketing and public relations executive says she needs a higher alimony because he saddled her with a tax burden and because her stock investments haven’t performed well.

But lawyers for Charles Ryan, who founded the Charles Ryan Associates firm in the mid-1970s, say his ex-wife, Martha, cashed in on her stock and isn’t entitled to any more alimony based on the terms of their decade-old divorce settlement.

State Supreme Court justices next week are scheduled to hear arguments in Martha Ryan’s appeal of a decision in Kanawha County Family Court.

The Ryans were married for 28 years and raised two children to adulthood before they divorced in December 1993.

After the divorce, the two reached an agreement in 1994 in which Martha Ryan would get $6,000 a month in alimony for 12 years and 30 percent of the stock in Ryan-McGinnis Inc., a polling offshoot of Charles Ryan Associates.

Alimony payments were to continue for 12 years unless Martha Ryan sold stock within the first 10 years and got more than $80,000 from that sale. Beyond either time period, she couldn’t ask the court for a modification, according to the agreement.

Charles Ryan’s lawyers claim she sold stock within 10 years and made “well over” $80,000.

Martha Ryan contends her ex-husband approved a plan for his accountant to file forms with the Internal Revenue Service that would tax her alimony check.

She said this action snowballed into a two-year audit and resulted in her owing a substantial amount in back taxes to the government.

Charles Ryan in 1999 agreed to pay more than $120,000 toward Martha Ryan’s tax debt. But she apparently still owes more, according to her petition.

Contact writer Justin D. Anderson at 348-4843.

09-29-2006 07:25 AM

Re: Ex-wife wants higher alimony
Regular Contributor

Yet another useless, selfish, freeloading, entitlement princess. What a surprise.

09-29-2006 07:37 AM

Re: Ex-wife wants higher alimony
Regular Contributor
“$6,000 a month in alimony for 12 years”

That’s $864k!! And it’s not enough?!

Does America have the best damned whores, or what!?

Why aren’t we exporting this superior product, sharing it with the rest of the world, and lowering our massive trade deficit in the process?

“The loudest, most strident voices calling women weak, stupid, and incapable of competing in the world at large are the feminists.” – zed the zen priest

09-29-2006 07:47 AM

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