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An Italian court has ruled that a divorced chef may pay his child support in pizza.
A court in Italy has ruled that child support payments don’t necessarily have to involve money.
Nicola Toso, a chef based in Padua, Italy, divorced his wife Nicoletta Zuin in 2002. At the time of the divorce, Toso agreed to pay about $335 in monthly child support, reports Il Gazzettino.
When his business suffered a major financial hit six years later, the chef offered to pay his ex-wife—with whom he had one daughter—alimony in pizza. Calzones and other menu items were reportedly included in the deal. From 2008 to 2010, Toso provided Zuin with food from his restaurant instead of the agreed-upon currency stipulated in their divorce agreement.
“In lieu of money, the defendant offered his ex-wife the same amount of compensation in the form of take-away pizzas from his workplace, an offer promptly rejected as “beggar’s change,” wrote judge Chiara Bitozzi in her ruling.
Zuin wasn’t satiated with this cheesy arrangement and took her ex-husband to court in 2010, citing his failure to provide alimony.
But Toso’s defense attorney successfully argued that because her client had fallen on hard times during Italy’s 2008 financial crisis (he was forced to close his business in 2010 and could not pay vendors and employees, reports The Telepgraph), and that he successfully fulfilled all other custody obligations, remitting child support in the form of food was the best he could do under the circumstances.
This couldn't be more typical if they tried. I've definitely made this joke a million times in grade school, I kinda don't know where to go from here. Jokes are becoming reality.
Can't pay your mortgage? That's alright, the bank accepts sausage.
Since when does owning a pizza place make you a chef? That would be like someone calling me a journalist. I got another question, are these pizza payments entirely made as cheese? Or do they vary in toppings? Like, is a meat lovers calzone worth more alimony than a cheese? What's the scale here?
If this spouse was smart, she would start her own pizza place and just sell the alimony pizza. Even better, open up a pizza place next to her ex-husbands, and sell his pizza. She wouldn't even need a kitchen or any employees, just straight profit.
Some jokes aside, great move by the home land and it honestly solves a huge problem for me. Instead of getting bled dry by my 3 ex-wives, I can move to Italy and send them Pizza.
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