Miranda v. Miranda
A court can order a party who lacks life insurance to make reasonable efforts to obtain and to maintain life insurance, and to name the minor children as beneficiaries, until the youngest child is 23 years old. The parties married and have two minor children, who are 9 and 3 years old. The parties experienced difficulty financially. The husband worked overtime and third shift to bring in extra income. Allegedly, he admitted to difficulty controlling his anger. The court did not find either party at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The husband earns about $1,874 gross per week as a nurse at Hartford Hospital and another $100 per week at another hospital. The wife, a part-time nurse case manager, earns $480 gross per week, working about 20 hours per week. The parties agreed to joint legal custody, with primary residence with the wife. The court ordered the husband to pay the wife child support of $290 per week, plus 57 percent of unreimbursed medical expenses for the minor children and 57 percent of work-related child care. The court kept jurisdiction for the purposes of the minor children's post-majority education expenses. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $200 per week, until the wife's death, marriage, civil union, cohabitation or Feb. 15, 2016, whichever takes place first. The court ordered the husband to maintain his life insurance policy, as long as he is obligated to pay support. The court ordered the wife to make reasonable efforts to obtain and to maintain life insurance in the amount of $25,000, and to name the minor children as beneficiaries, until the youngest child is 23 years old. The court ordered the parties to sell the marital residence and to divide equally the net proceeds of sale. The court awarded the wife 50 percent of the husband's retirement plan and 403b account. The court awarded the husband the Acura and the motorcycle and the wife the Subaru.