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Mrs. Sen. Diaz de la Portilla: He's not paying mortgage



Senate Republican leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla wants a divorce, and he says the assets accumulated during his six-year marriage to a Tallahassee lobbyist should be equally distributed. But Claudia Diaz de la Portilla, in her own court filing, depicts the South Florida lawmaker as a husband who spends her money and doesn’t pay the mortgage. And she wants the court to divide their assets "unequally."

"I am disheartened that a petition filed in the court would contain such gross inaccuracies," said Sen. Diaz de la Portilla, "but our personal life should not be a matter for public involvement and I expect and hope everyone will respect our privacy as we work through these very personal family matters."

But records show he filed for divorce in Miami-Dade County on Dec. 10, asking the court to “equally distribute” all marital assets — even bank accounts in his wife’s name that he “does not have any personal knowledge of.”

She filed her own divorce petition in Leon County on Dec. 11. She declined to comment as well. Her petition alleges that the senator is defaulting on the mortgage of their $450,000 Miami home, where his relatives live, and spending her earnings. But the Times/Herald found no record of foreclosure proceedings.

She wants a judge to “unequally” divide their assets, taking into account her higher earnings and his “spending without the Wife’s consent/agreement.”

Mrs. Diaz de la Portilla, whose maiden name was Davant, alleges in the divorce petition that the senator’s relatives are living in the Miami home off SW 19th St.— yet he “does not believe that he is financially responsible.” Mrs. Diaz de la Portilla also alleges that the senator is “unable and unwilling to assist with the repair and upkeep “ of their Tallahassee home.

The couple married Sept. 28, 2003, in a $599 ceremony in Las Vegas’ “Elvis Chapel.”

She alleges in her petition that she has since that time contributed far more financially to the marriage, and that she, “to her detriment, has removed funds from retirement assets to reduce the Husband’s debts at his urging.”


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:10pm]


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