January 20th, 2007

Feuding Brooklyn Couple Builds Wall to Divide House

Posted in New York City by ed

This from the BBC:

Chana and Simon Taub, both 57, have endured two years of divorce negotiations, but neither is prepared to give up their Brooklyn home. Now a white partition wall has been built through the heart of the house to keep the pair apart.

The Taubs’ divorce has been rumbling through the New York divorce courts for two years. But despite owning another home — just two doors away — the unhappily married couple have decided to carry on living under the same roof.

“It’s my house,” said Simon Taub, who requested the building of the wall. “And emotionally, in my age, I want to be in my house.”Chana Taub maintains that she has as much right as her partly-estranged husband to stay in the Borough Park house.”I need a house to live and money to live on. I worked very hard for him, like a horse, like a slave for him.”Eventually, after negotiations led nowhere, a judge ordered that the partition wall be built inside the house. It divides the ground floor of the house, and keeps husband and wife penned into separate sections on different floors. One door linking the rival sections of the house is barricaded shut to prevent any accidental contact between the pair.But therapist Kimberly Flemke interpreted the Taubs’ acrimony as evidence of a still-flickering flame.

“It’s clear that if they’re going to go to this length, there’s still far too much connection. I would hope they’d both go to therapy.”

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