Landa v. Landa
A court can find that a party who wrongly accuses the other party of engaging in extramarital affairs is at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The parties married in Bridgeport in 2005 and have two minor children. The husband, 49, failed to prove that the wife, who often called and received calls from friends, engaged in any extramarital affairs. The wife, 42, testified that she only engaged in telephonic and electronic communications with these friends. The court found the husband, who claimed that the wife had three extramarital sexual relationships, at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. "None of the exhibits offered by the husband," wrote the court, "supports or suggests a claim of infidelity." The court awarded joint custody of the minor children and ordered the husband to pay child support of $407 per week. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $480 per week, until the wife's death, marriage, cohabitation or Jan. 2, 2021, whichever takes place first. The wife may earn up to $25,000 gross per year, as a safe harbor, without the wife's earnings resulting in a modification of support. The court ordered the husband to maintain life insurance in the amount of $325,000, and to name the wife as the beneficiary, as long as he is obligated to pay support. The court kept jurisdiction for the purposes of the children's college education, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §46b-56c. The court rejected the husband's request to keep the marital residence, which has no equity. The mortgage has not been paid in five months. The court ordered the parties to sell the marital residence and to divide equally the net proceeds or deficiencies, after they pay $100,000 to the wife's relatives. The court awarded the husband his business interests in Invest Financial Corp. The court awarded the wife the Hummer and husband the Ford. The court ordered the husband to pay $7,500 toward the wife's attorney fees.