Denolfo v. Denolfo
A court can find one party at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The parties married in August 1971 and had four children. The plaintiff husband earns $2,228 gross per week, working as an engineer. The defendant wife worked as an X-ray technician and then as a homemaker. The husband claimed that the marital relationship broke down because the wife allegedly drank too much and was verbally abusive. The wife denied these allegations and claimed that the husband allegedly drank too much and was physically abusive. The court found the wife was at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The court ordered the parties to sell the marital residence and to divide equally the net proceeds of sale. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $750 per week, until the husband's death or retirement, at which time the wife, as a former spouse or survivor, will be eligible for a benefit from the husband's pension. The court awarded the wife a pro rata share of the husband's pension. The court reiterated its prior order that the husband pay $3,300 toward the wife's attorneys' fees. The court awarded the husband the Toyota and the wife the Nissan.