Puleri v. Puleri
A court can find that a party who allegedly stopped wearing a wedding ring, stayed out late, drank and vacated the marital residence is at greater fault. The parties met at the University of Massachusetts and married in 1992. In 2004, they moved to Newtown, because of the schools and small class sizes, and its proximity to the husband's family. In 2009, the husband allegedly informed the wife he was no longer in love, and he stopped wearing his wedding ring and often stayed out late. They underwent counseling and attempted to reconcile. The wife complained that he worked late and drank. The wife failed to prove that the husband, who allegedly exchanged hundreds of telephone and text messages with a female worker, engaged in an extramarital affair. The court found that the husband acted inappropriately and was at greater fault. The husband, 49, earned $607,831 in 1999, after he started a company that purchased and sold used IBM equipment. The husband sold his company in 2000 and left that field in 2005. In eight years he has not enjoyed any profit from various business ventures, and he lost about $1 million. The wife, 48, went to work at IBM in an entry level sales position and currently earns a base salary of $332,600 gross per year as a senior executive. Her annual bonus is about $190,000 per year. The court awarded joint custody of the minor child, with primary residence with the wife. As soon as the husband removes the wife's name from a mortgage, the court ordered the wife to pay $4,300 per month as alimony, until the husband's death, marriage or June 2015, whichever takes place first. The court awarded the wife the marital residence and property in California. The court awarded the husband property in Vermont and his business interests. The court awarded each party accounts and investments. The court ordered the parties to hold each other harmless from debt. The court awarded the wife the BMW and the husband the Nissan and the 1965 Ford. The court awarded the husband his collection of 17 firearms.