A court can consider the parties' ages, health, sources of income and capacity to acquire assets when it awards property. The parties married in August 1984 and have a child who is a student at Southern Connecticut State University. The husband, 54, earns $119,548 per year as a fraud technical adviser for the Internal Revenue Service. The wife, 54, has a master's degree in business administration and has worked as a homemaker since she gave birth in 1990. The wife suffers from diabetes and high-blood pressure. The parties stipulated that the wife's earning capacity is $37,000 gross per year. The court did not find either party at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The husband and his family built the marital residence, which requires substantial renovations. The court awarded the husband exclusive possession of the marital residence and ordered the husband to pay the wife 50 percent of the fair market value, minus commissions, closing costs and the $129,000 that the wife withdrew from joint family accounts. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $600 per week, until the wife's death, marriage, cohabitation or July 25, 2023, whichever takes place first. The court ordered the husband to provide medical coverage for the parties' child and the parties to share equally the costs of tuition, after financial aids, grants and scholarships. The court awarded each party accounts and investments. The court awarded the wife the Subaru Forester and the husband the Ford F-150 and the Subaru Legacy. The court awarded the wife her interests in a business making decorations and her art equipment and supplies.

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