Gilbert v. Gilbert
A court may consider the length of the marriage, and the parties' ages, health, stations and occupations, when it awards alimony. The parties married in 1982. The parties shared incomes, inheritances, debts and gifts with each other. The defendant husband, 57, enjoys good health and earns $400,000 gross per year as an attorney. The plaintiff wife, 62, enjoys good health and earns about $90,000 gross per year as a social worker for the Darien Board of Education. After the wife gave birth to twins, she worked as a homemaker for three years. The husband's parents moved from New Jersey, to live near the parties in Connecticut. The parties enjoyed a close relationship with the husband's parents, until they passed away. The court ordered the husband to pay the wife 33 percent of his gross income and his year-end bonuses, until the wife's death, marriage or cohabitation, whichever takes place first. The court ordered the husband to maintain $1 million in life insurance, as long as he is obligated to pay alimony. The court ordered the parties to use the proceeds of insurance to repair the marital residence and to sell the marital residence in Connecticut and the parties' vacation home in New Jersey. The court ordered the parties to divide equally the net proceeds of sale, or any deficiency. The court also ordered the parties to divide equally their investments, pensions and defined benefit plans. The court ordered the parties to hold each other harmless from any debt. The court awarded the husband the Volvo XC70 and the wife the Volvo S60.