A Manhattan investment banker has gone to court in an attempt to “un-adopt” his 10-year-old son.
Robert Roever, President of Capitoline Advisors Manhattan, owes his ex-wife — the boy’s biological mother — $20,000 in child support. Instead of paying up, Roever chose to keep his money and get rid of the boy he raised as his own for nearly a decade.
Shortly after Roever and his now-estranged wife, Alisa Cawley, got married, Roever legally adopted her young son.
“It was his idea. He said, ‘I want him to be my son,’” said Cawley. “Now he doesn’t want to see him.”
Cawley accused Roever of blocking text messages from his own son. “He texts all the time saying, ‘I miss you Dad. I want to see you Dad,’” she said.
Studies show that 81% of relationships between adoptive parents and kids are “very warm and close.” Unfortunately, Roever’s father-son relationship seems to be just the opposite.
The investment banker said that the adoption was nothing but a fraud. He claimed that his estranged wife tricked him into believing that she didn’t know who the biological father was. In fact, to make his case, he had a friend sign an affidavit stating that Cawley was already receiving child support from the boy’s biological father. Cawley’s lawyer, however, proved that this was untrue and the judge rejected the affidavit.
In 2011, only 43.4% of 7.1 million custodial parents received all of the child support money that was due. In Roever’s case, he only paid 1.5% of his court-ordered child support over the past 17 months. As a result of his failure to pay, Cawley and her lawyer, Michael Stutman, requested that Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Lori Sattler put Roever in jail.
In response, Roever offered his estranged wife $2,000 and asked the judge to give him just one more month to pay the balance.
“You’re not understanding the severity of this particular motion,” said the judge to Roever. “They’re asking you to be sent to jail because I have issued an order and you have not complied with that order.”
If the investment banker does not pay up by November 22, he will spend the holidays in jail.