A Miami appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a South Florida multimillionaire’s adoption of his girlfriend.
Polo mogul John Goodman’s 2011 adoption of his 42-year-old gal pal, Heather Hutchins, was widely speculated to be a way for Goodman and Hutchins to dip into a trust fund set aside for Goodman’s children.
The appeal was filed by Carroll Goodman, John's ex-wife and the mother of their two natural children.
According to records, Hutchins and Goodman entered in an adoption contract that paid her $16.75 million: $5 million at the signature of the agreement, another $3 million by the end of 2012 and lifetime payments totaling $8.75 million.
The adoption made national news — in part because it came as Goodman prepared for trial in Palm Beach County for the 2010 DUI death of Scott Wilson, 23. Goodman, founder of Wellington's International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty and sentenced to 16 years behind bars. He and Miami attorney Roy Black are fighting for a new trial.
Miami’s Third District Court of Appeals, meanwhile, argued that Goodman acted improperly by not notifying his ex-wife, the children’s guardian, of the adoption until after it was signed by a Miami-Dade circuit court judge.
Goodman told Carroll Goodman of the adoption after the objection period ended.
The court called Goodman's lack of notice to his ex “fraud.”
Neither Goodman’s attorney nor his ex-wife’s returned calls for comment.
Going somewhere, Andy Enfield?
Enfield, coach of Florida Gulf Coast University, quietly put his house near the Fort Myers school up for sale.
And according to public records, he hasn't purchased another one in the area — fueling speculation that Enfield will not stick around after the end of the team’s Cinderella run in the NCAA tournament.
Enfield’s selling his 3,400-square-foot home in the city’s gated Renaissance golf community at a $75,000 loss — like he is in a hurry to leave town.
Enfield shot to fame last weekend after his Eagles beat powerhouses Georgetown and San Diego State to become the first 15th-seeded team ever to quality for the Sweet 16.
Lee County records show Enfield and his ex-lingerie model wife Amanda Marcum bought the three-bedroom house in June 2011 for $750,000, most of it in cash.
It has been on the market for $675,000 since late December.
School officials have yet to comment on the sale.
Celebs have been flocking to the Sony Open!
Comedian Kevin James caught a few matches and did a coin toss or two. He’s a local after all: He lives in an $18 million mansion in Delray Beach.
Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan went with wife Michelle Woods, a little-known actress, while golf legend Greg Norman spent quality time in the stands with new wife Kirsten Kutner, an Australian TV personality.
Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez watched a half-dozen matches. He has time: He’s missing spring training while recovering from hip surgery.
Unsuccessfully trying to stay below the radar: Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones; actress Bridget Moynahan (Patriots QB Tom Brady’s baby mama); teen heartthrob Austin Mahone.