Sunday, September 24, 2000

'Wrong marriage' to end

The Associated Press

        AKRON — A man who says he married the wrong woman is getting a divorce.

        Joseph Pileggi and Carli Buchanan, the woman he claims he never intended to marry, reached a divorce settlement Friday, their attorneys said.

        Mr. Pileggi, 69, sued Ms. Buchanan, 61, for an annulment, claiming he thought he had married her mother, Ducile Palermo, 83, during a 1997 ceremony in Florida.

        He says he was shocked when he came across the marriage license — he thought he married Ms. Palermo, with whom he has lived since 1992.

        But Buchanan claims Pileggi knew full well he was marrying her and that they consummated the wedding the same day.

        Pileggi filed for divorce and Buchanan countersued, seeking temporary spousal support and a portion of his assets.

        The settlement includes an exchange of money and property, but attorneys would not discuss the details until the couple appear before Summit County Domestic Relations Judge Carol Deszo on Monday to formally accept the agreement.

        A civil case Pileggi filed against Palermo still is pending.

        Pileggi realized he apparently had married the wrong woman after Palermo had a stroke last year and he looked at his marriage certificate.


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