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Court Rules on Giuliani Divorce

June 20, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ An appeals court has ruled that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani cannot bring his girlfriend into Gracie Mansion while his two children are living there.

The mayor’s estranged wife, television personality Donna Hanover, had won a court order in May banning Judith Nathan from the mayor’s residence, where Hanover and the children still live.

In its decision issued Tuesday, the Appellate Division voted 5-0 against issuing a stay on the lower court’s decision.

The decision came after another day of legal wrangling in the contentious divorce between Giuliani and Hanover, who have been married for 16 years.

Earlier, the judge in the divorce case appointed a law guardian to represent the couple’s children, ages 11 and 15.

State Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische named lawyer Jo Ann Douglas to speak for the Giuliani children after each side presented competing plans for custody and for meeting with Nathan.

Gische had directed both sides to give the court a plan Tuesday to introduce the children to Nathan, 46. Because they failed to do so, the judge appointed Douglas.

Meanwhile, Giuliani attorney Raoul Felder said he served a 17-page complaint detailing the mayor’s grounds for divorce. ``We tried to avoid this,″ Felder said. ``She’s trying to say there are no grounds for divorce. There are ample grounds.″

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