Lawyer Trades $1,100 Monthly Porsche Bill for $700-Per-Month BMW, But Loses Bid for Alimony Cut
Mark Frost has been through some hard times since the breakup of his New Jersey law firm, so he sought a reduction in the $9,500 per month alimony he is required to pay his ex-wife.
Apparently seeking to bolster his case, he voluntarily traded in his $1,100-per-month Porsche for a BMW that costs him $400 less per month, reports the New Jersey Law Journal in an article reprinted in the New York Law Journal (reg. req.).
But Burlington County Superior Court Judge James Palmer Jr. was not persuaded, and an Appellate Division panel agreed this month that Frost’s “lavish” lifestyle defied his claim to be cash-strapped because of the closing of his Marlton law firm, Frost & Zeff. It also noted that he had taken a number of his clients with him to his new job in Philadelphia.
“If defendant has made additional changes to his lifestyle besides driving a BMW instead of a Porsche, he did not make any such adjustments known to the trial court,” the appellate panel said in a written opinion.