Lajoie v. Lajoie
A court can find one party solely at fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The parties married in 1984 and have two children. The wife, 57, worked as an assistant director of research and earned $9,166 gross per month. The wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent 25 radiation treatments that in turn caused cardiac damage, nerve damage and lymphdema. The husband, 54, worked at Omaha Beef and earned $6,271 gross per week. The parties disputed the value of the husband's interest in Omaha Beef. Although the wife's expert valued the husband's interest at $2.7 million, the court credited the opinion of the husband's expert, who valued the husband's interest at $943,000. The court found the husband, who vacated the marital residence in November 2011, solely at fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $2,000 per week, until the wife's death or marriage, whichever takes place first. 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 $75,000 toward the wife's attorneys' fees from his share of the net proceeds. The court also ordered the husband to pay the wife $566,500 as a property distribution at the rate of $80,928 per year. The court awarded each party accounts and investments. The court awarded the wife the Ford and the Jeep and the husband the Audi.