Chance v. Chance
A court can find one party at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship, as a result of alleged criminal conduct that results in incarceration. The parties cohabited for nine years and married in October 2001. The wife alleged that the husband's criminal conduct destroyed the parties' marriage. In 2008, the husband, a maintenance worker at the Litchfield Inn, was convicted on charges of unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor and kidnapping. He was sentenced to 20 years, execution suspended after eight-and-one-half years. After the husband's arrest, the wife, who worked at a gift shop in Torrington, sold the husband's truck and other items, in an attempt to make ends meet. In 2012, the wife handed the keys of the marital residence to a bank officer, found new homes for the parties' dogs, vacated the premises and filed for bankruptcy relief. The court rejected the husband's claims that his truck, dogs and personal property were worth $28,000 and that the wife should return them or pay the husband $28,000. The husband abandoned his request for alimony. The court awarded the wife, who currently earns $212 gross per week as the manager of the gift shop, her bank account, the Ford Escort and her 401(k).