staff and news service reports
updated 4/28/2011 1:00:14 PM ET 2011-04-28T17:00:14

A feuding New York City couple who built a wall through the house that neither one would give up has finally been granted a divorce.

Simon and Chana Taub, members of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, had been living in their three-story brownstone separated by a wall that a judge ordered built since both refused to move.

New York state doesn't allow the speedy dissolution of a marriage without proof that one spouse is at fault, and neither of the Taubs would admit to fault.

The couple filed for divorce in 2005, but a jury rejected it.

The judge on Wednesday also ordered the Taubs to sell their brownstone and two other homes and divide the proceeds.

Chana Taub told the Daily News she would appeal the judge's decision.

"It's not final at all," she told the newspaper.

The paper quoted Chana Taub as saying that she is "outraged" that she and her ex-husband were ordered to sell their house and three other properties.

"I'm still living here with my children and my elderly father," she was quoted as saying. "My house should not be sold. It's impossible that the judge should want to throw me out on the street."

The judge also ruled that Simon Taub had to pay his ex-wife $1.5 million, on top of $6,000-per-month, according to the paper. He gets to keep three other buildings, it added.

The two have four children, the youngest of whom will be 21 in six months, which means the court did not have to make a decision on visitation and child support.

Simon Taub was reportedly happy with the judge's decision.

Simon Taub, one of seven children of survivors of the Holocaust, made millions in knitwear, according to The New York Times. His fell on hard times and declared bankruptcy in 1997 and shuttered the business in 2003, the newspaper reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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