• Superior Court
  • FA12-4022561
  • Oct 04 2013 (Date Decided)
  • Richards, J.

A court may consider the parties' ages, health, income, assets and ability to acquire future income when it awards alimony. The parties met at the University of Michigan, where each earned a master's degree in business administration. In 1997, they married in France. After graduation, the husband, who previously served in the Marine Corps, moved to Russia and earned a base salary of $100,000 gross per year, working for Arthur Anderson. The wife left her job in France to live with the husband in Russia. In 1999, the wife returned to the U.S., and the husband resigned and followed the wife to the U.S. The husband earned more than $200,000 gross per year, working at GE, and the wife worked at Coach. The husband experienced considerable stress working in a high pressure, corporate environment and decided to obtain a real estate license and to work as a realtor. The wife wanted to work as a homemaker and was unhappy, when the husband's earnings decreased, and she became the primary wage earner. The parties engaged in counseling. In 2012, the husband, 50, earned $25,068 gross per year as a realtor. The wife, 43, currently earns $2,389 net per week at Coach, as a senior director of finance. The court ordered the parties to sell the marital residence and to divide equally the net proceeds of sale. The court awarded the wife an option to purchase. The court ordered the wife to pay alimony of $2,000 per month until the husband's death, marriage, cohabitation or Oct. 4, 2018, whichever takes place first. The court awarded the husband 35 percent of the wife's annual bonus and 35 percent of the wife's restricted stocks and stock options. The court ordered the wife to pay child support of $310 per week and 65 percent of unreimbursed medical expenses. The court awarded each party accounts and investments.