Van Arsdale v. Van Arsdale
A court can award the parties joint custody of pets and order that they divide equally all reasonable costs of veterinary care and grooming. The parties married in June 1995 and have four children and two Labrador retrievers. The husband, 47, earns $2,307 gross per week as an equity sales broker at Janney Montgomery Scott. The husband's job requires frequent travel. The wife, 49, works as a homemaker and earns $442 gross per week from a home-based business called "Simply Organize It." The court awarded joint custody of the minor children and the Labrador retrievers, with primary residence of the minor children and the Labrador retrievers with the wife. The court ordered the parties to divide equally all reasonable costs of veterinary care and grooming of the Labrador retrievers. The court departed from the presumptive child support of $610 per week on the basis that the presumptive amount was inequitable or inappropriate. The court ordered the husband to pay the wife 40 percent of his gross income, as unallocated alimony and child support, until April 1, 2023. The husband may request modification of support, in the event that the wife earns $150,000 gross per year. The court ordered the husband to maintain $1.5 million in life insurance, and to name the wife as the primary beneficiary and the minor children as contingent beneficiaries. The court kept jurisdiction for the purposes of the minor children's post secondary education expenses. The parties recently leased the marital residence, which has a fair market value of $2.5 million, to a third party, who pays $8,900 per month in rent. They use the rent money to pay the mortgage and the home equity line of credit. The court ordered the parties to divide equally any amount from the rent that is leftover, after payment of the mortgage and home equity line of credit. The court ordered the parties to sell the marital residence and to divide equally the net proceeds of sale, after the payment of certain credit card debt and loans, plus $250,000 toward the minor children's 529 college funds.