Chowdhury v. Murakib
A court can order one spouse to refrain from entering the other spouse's residence, keep 20 yards away and not threaten, harass or assault the other spouse. In 1993, when the wife was 18, the parties' families arranged their marriage, which took place in 1995. The husband, 30, traveled to Bangladesh for the ceremony, remained one month, and returned to New York, where he worked as a taxi driver. In 1997, the husband became a U.S. citizen and arranged for the wife to travel to the U.S. Currently, the husband earns $1,494 gross per week as a software engineer. Until 2013, the husband also earned $450 per week as a taxi driver. Allegedly, the husband lost $198,000 gambling in Connecticut casinos. The wife, who learned to speak English, earns $135 gross per week as a day care assistant. The wife alleged that the husband failed to pay a dowry. The husband claimed that he sent money to the wife and her family. Copies of the marriage contract lacked the parties' signatures. The court was not persuaded that the parties entered into a valid marriage contract or that the husband failed to pay. The court credited the wife's claim that the husband was physically and emotionally abusive and issued a permanent restraining order, that the husband shall refrain from entering her residence, keep 20 yards away, and not threaten, harass or assault the wife. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $325 per week, until the wife's death, marriage or cohabitation, whichever takes place first. The court awarded the wife sole custody and ordered the husband to pay child support of $250 per week. The court ordered the husband to pay 90 percent of the oldest child's college tuition, up to the amount paid by a Connecticut student at the University of Connecticut. The court awarded the husband the marital residence and property in Bangladesh. The court ordered the husband to pay the wife $20,000 for her property interest and 50 percent of his 401(k). The court awarded the wife the Ford Explorer and the husband the Honda Civic.