Bell Le Pere v. Huffman
A court can find one party at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship, because that party allegedly threw objects, destroyed the other spouse's items and was not able to contribute as much financially as promised. The parties, both women, met on the Internet in July 2010. They met each other in person in September and married in October 2010. It was the plaintiff's second marriage and the defendant's first. The defendant, 59, earns $1,037 net per week, as a regulatory compliance analyst at an insurance company. The defendant remained in New York during the workweek and traveled to Connecticut to visit the plaintiff on weekends. The plaintiff, 52, worked as a Spanish teacher, although she did not have certification and, in November 2012, was replaced by an individual who was certified. The plaintiff receives $155 per week in unemployment benefits and $325 per week in child support from her previous spouse. Allegedly, the plaintiff made threats, threw objects and destroyed the defendant's personal items, such as a family Bible that had belonged to the defendant's mother. The defendant left the marital residence in May 2011. The parties reconciled in July and the defendant left the marital residence in December 2011. The defendant paid the mortgage and utilities between February and December 2012, when the property was sold. The court found that the plaintiff, who resided at the property until December 2012, was not entitled to reimbursement for property maintenance and repairs. The court found the plaintiff was at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The court awarded the defendant the net proceeds from the sale of the marital residence. The court ordered the parties to hold each other harmless from debt. The court denied the plaintiff's request for alimony of $210 per month for 12 months and did not award alimony.