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Italian man will pay his ex-wifeís alimony with pizza

Italian man will pay his ex-wifeís alimony with pizzaDivorce has been legal in Italy only since the 1970s, and its legislation is, paradoxically, amongst the most favorable to women in Europe. Italian divorce law assumes a divorced woman is unable to provide for herself, and can require an ex-husband to pay alimony thatís at times beyond his means.

This is allegedly what led Nicola Toso (the manís full name is undisclosed), a 50-year-old father of one from Villafranca Padovana, Padua, to find an alternative way to pay his ex-wife an alimony of ą300 (about $335) a month. The man, whose pizza restaurant business wasnít thriving, offered to pay her in pizzas (link in Italian) between 2008 and 2010.

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Nicoletta Zuin, whom he had divorced in 2002, refused his offer, taking the man to court for missing alimony payments. But judge Chiara Bitozzi ruled in favor of the man. Since he wasnít at the time making enough money from his business, Chiara determined that he couldnít have paid any other way, and considered valid the offer of foodstuff (or ďalimentiĒ in Italian, and befittingly the same word used for ďalimony.Ē)

The case was settled in 2011óbut only reported on May 27, when local journalist Lino Lava stumbled upon the court files. It is unclear for how long the manówho since closed his pizza restaurantócontinued to pay his wife in pizza, or otherwise.
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