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Better Late Than Never: 75-Year-Old Woman Goes After Child Support — 34 Years Later

Child support

Hell hath no fury like a woman owed back child support payments

Surely most people would rather owe $14,000 than $100,000. One person in particular is likely kicking himself that he didn’t pay the lesser bill when he had the chance: Philip Ragusa.

He and ex-wife, Frances Ragusa, 74, split up over 30 years ago, which is when Philip, now 77, failed to pay a $14,393.57 child support judgment as part of their divorce settlement. With interest, that total is now around $100,000, and Frances is determined to get what’s owed to her.

The Ragusa’s kids are long since grown, but Frances wants justice — and her money.

She called Philip a few months ago. “I begged him to settle. I told him, ‘Don’t let this case go to trial, because I’m going to win punitive damages.’ I told him, ‘There is a legal judgment, and if you think I’m going to forget it, Phil, you’re stuck on stupid,’ ” she told the New York Post.

She recalls her ex began crying and hung up the phone.

Last month she gave a deposition in the case, which is being heard in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Normally a judgment so old would not be enforceable, but child support cases are different.

Apparently the hard feelings on her part are due to the fact that she was forced to go on welfare shortly after the divorce. To add insult to injury, when their former home was sold after the divorce, she never saw a penny of her share of the sell price.

Not long ago another woman collected back child support — to the tune of $93,000 — so maybe there’s hope for Frances just yet.

Image: Creative Commons

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