Maccarone v. Maccarone
A court can find one party at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The parties married in May 1999 and have three minor children. The court found that the wife credibly testified that the husband worked long hours and used illicit drugs. (The husband denied that he used illicit drugs.) The husband worried that the wife was unfaithful, because he discovered that she was researching old boyfriends, and he allegedly installed spyware on her computer without her knowledge. The wife allegedly found it difficult to trust the husband. The court found the husband at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The husband, 44, has a high school degree and earns $2,865 gross per week, managing real estate. The wife, 44, has a high school degree and chose to work as a homemaker. The court found that the wife will have an earning capacity of $20,000 gross per year within three years. The court awarded joint custody and ordered the husband to pay child support of $565 per week. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $1,100 per week for four years, and then $900 per week for five years, or until the wife's death, marriage or cohabitation, whichever takes place first. The court awarded the wife the marital residence and ordered the wife to make reasonable efforts to refinance. The court ordered the husband to pay $329,658, as a property settlement. The court denied the husband's motion for contempt and ordered the husband to pay $88,000 toward the wife's attorneys' fees. The court awarded the wife the Cadillac and the husband the Mercedes E350 and the Mercedes ML 320.