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Democratic Operative Andre Fladell’s Not so Liberal Child Support Questioned

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Democratic Operative Andre Fladell’s Not so Liberal Child Support Questioned

Behind-the-scenes Democratic Party operative Andre Fladell is battling with his ex-wife over child support, court records show.

Democratic Party big Andre Fladell

Democratic Party big Andre Fladell

Fladell, 64, a close ally to Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson and State Attorney candidate Dave Aronberg, married Erica Benedetti in 2002.

At the time, she was 26 and had just delivered their son.

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They were divorced within a year, however, with Fladell signing a settlement that promised $650-a-month in child support and $3,000-lump sum alimony.

For the past two years, however, Benedetti and Fladell have been in a legal back and forth in which she claims she never received support payments while he says he paid for private schools and tutors for the boy, expenses that total way more than the mandatory support.

Benedetti, by the way, got married to another man and has two children with him.

A trial to sort out the Fladell situation is scheduled for August.

In filings by Beneditti lawyer Steve Effman, a former Democratic state representative, Fladell is alleged to have never paid child support. Effman didn’t return calls.

In his answer, however, Fladell claims he spent over $22,000 on the child’s education, and plunked down thousands more for camps and other goodies.

Said Fladell: “Child support is for the benefit of the child, not the mother.”

Fladell’s attorney, Jay A. Schwartz, described Fladell “as a great father who is in full compliance with all financial obligations.”

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