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Opera Singer Wins Child Support Case

January 10, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ A Manhattan judge ordered opera tenor Fabio Armiliato to pay $750 a month maintenance and $1,000 a month in child support to the mother of his 6-year-old daughter.

State Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische on Tuesday ordered Armiliato, 44, to pay the money to Irena Zaric. The 40-year-old operatic soprano left Italy for New York with the couple’s daughter, Alessandra, on Dec. 12.

Saying that ``a child this age should be in school,″ the judge directed Armiliato to pay tuition for Alessandra.

Gische also ordered Armiliato to pay Zaric’s legal fees of $15,000, and her telephone bill _ including long distance _ up to $250 a month. Zaric and the child are living in an Upper West Side condominium that Armiliato owns.

But the judge rejected a request by Zaric’s lawyer, Guillermo Gleizer, that Armiliato pay more that $25,000 a month in maintenance, child support and other expenses pending the outcome of court actions elsewhere.

Gische left in place a temporary restraining order that freezes a checking account except for withdrawals for ``normal and necessary living expenses.″ She told Armiliato’s lawyer the account is to be maintained at its current level of about $100,000.

On Monday, Armiliato filed a federal lawsuit here claiming Zaric snatched Alessandra in Genoa, Italy. He asked for the child’s return under international child abduction laws.

Armiliato, who filed for a separation from Zaric in Italy in October, said his wife abducted the child and went to New York, where she began a divorce action that ended up before Gische.

Gleizer said Alessandra is an Italian citizen but she was baptized in the United States. She has spent most of her life in New York and attended school here for three years.

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