McRae v. McRae
A court can award alimony even if the marriage is a short-term marriage. The parties married in October 2009 and have two minor children. Allegedly, they spent little time together, because the husband worked during the day, and the wife worked at night, to meet childcare responsibilities. The wife maintained that the husband was verbally abusive. In 2012, the defendant husband, 37, earned $67,415 gross per year as a sales representative for Frito Lay. The plaintiff wife, 35, earned $14 per hour at Walmart. The wife maintained that she cannot work full-time yet, because of childcare responsibilities for the minor children. The wife requested alimony of $150 per week for two-and-one-half years. The husband objected that the wife should work additional hours and that he should not be required to pay alimony. Even if the wife worked additional hours, the amount earned would probably be less than the amount paid for childcare. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $100 per week until the wife's death, marriage or Aug. 31, 2014, whichever takes place first. The court awarded joint custody of the minor children, with primary residence with the wife. The court ordered the husband to take a parenting education course within 60 days. The court ordered the husband to pay $260 per week as child support. The court kept jurisdiction for the purposes of post-majority education support. The court ordered each party to maintain life insurance in the amount of $100,000, and to name the other as the trustee for the benefit of the minor children, provided that life insurance is available at a reasonable cost. The court awarded the husband the marital residence, which is in foreclosure. The husband shall be solely responsible for any deficiency. The court awarded the wife the Chevrolet and the husband the Ford.