THE YOUNG RUSSIAN WIFE AND THE OLDER WEALTHY HUSBAND. WHO COULD FORESEE A DIVORCE?
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Investment banker Robert Roever, pictured above with ex-wife Alicia, is facing spending the holidays in jail for failure to pay child support.
So, how’s he going to earn the money to pay that child support while sitting in a cell with a couple of 800 pound gorillas named Tyrone and Shitavious?
A Manhattan investment banker is putting money before love, as he’s gone to court in an attempt to get rid of his adopted 10-year-old son like some kind of toxic asset, The Post has learned.
Robert Roever, president of Capitoline Advisors Manhattan, is trying to un-adopt the boy so he doesn’t have to pay his estranged wife, who is the boy’s biological mother, child support, said the woman’s lawyer, Michael Stutman.
The ex, Alisa Cawley, 44, a Russian-born former model, says Roever has raised the child as his own since the boy was 4 months old, and legally adopted him in 2011.
Cawley had the kid with another guy and Roever initiated legal adoption proceedings in Manhattan Family Court shortly after the couple married.
“It was his idea. He said, ‘I want him to be my son,’ ” Cawley recalled.
“Now he doesn’t want to see him,” Cawley said, accusing Robert of blocking text messages from the boy. “He texts all the time saying, ‘I miss you dad. I want to see you dad.’ ”
Roever, 58, told The Post Wednesday he believes the adoption was a product of “fraud.”
“I feel bad,” he admitted.
But he claims Cawley tricked him into believing she didn’t know who the boy’s biological dad was. On May 6, he filed court papers asking the adoption to be undone.
He also had a friend of the couple sign an affidavit in May saying that Cawley said she was receiving child support from the biological dad. Cawley lawyer Jason Advocate said that was “absolutely untrue,” and was already rejected by the judge.
On Wednesday, Stutman asked Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Lori Sattler to toss Roever in jail for paying only $1,200 or 1.5 percent of court-ordered child support for the last 17 months.
Roever offered Cawley $2,000 and asked the judge to allow him another month to pay the balance, around $20,000.
“You’re not understanding the severity of this particular motion,” the judge said. “They’re asking you to be sent to jail because I have issued an order and you have not complied with that order.”
She gave him until Nov. 22 to come up with the cash — or face spending the holidays in the slammer.
“The only good thing is that when we show up on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving [and Roever doesn’t pay] he’ll be eating turkey courtesy of the City of New York,” Stutman said.
“The only way this man is going to pay any money is when he’s looking at the handcuffs.”
Stutman told Sattler that Roever can afford to pay, noting the financier lives in a Tribeca loft and claimed to make $300,000 a year on his rental application.
Hey guys, this story offers several warnings. You know what they are. Stay away from Russian brides. Never adopt another man’s kid. Trust no one. She’s probably not marrying you for love if there’s a big age difference.
But let me end this post with a question: Should a man in Roever’s position be allowed to undo the adoption? Realize that he’ll only be paying child support until the kid is 18, right? By undoing the adoption, he’ll owe nothing.
What do you think?