Torres v. Torres
In a long-term marriage, a court can award alimony for 10 years. The parties married in 1996 and have two children. In 2011, the parties filed for bankruptcy relief, and in May 2012, the Bankruptcy Court granted a discharge of debt. The husband claimed that the marital relationship broke down when his income decreased, and the parties argued about money. The wife maintained that the marital relationship broke down when she discovered in late June 2012 that the husband allegedly was engaged in an extramarital relationship. In August 2012, the wife obtained a protective order, and the husband was charged with second-degree threatening. The court found the husband at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The husband, 38, earns about $26,000 gross per year as a contractor. "The defendant's skills and experience as a contractor," wrote the court, "enable him to earn more income than he presently reports." The wife, 39, earns $27,500 gross per year as a part-time medical secretary at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The parties also receive rental income of approximately $2,500 to $3,300 per month. The court awarded the wife sole custody, pursuant to the parties' agreement, and ordered the husband to pay child support of $164 per week. The court awarded the wife alimony of $100 per week until the wife's death, marriage, cohabitation or Oct. 21, 2023, whichever takes place first. The court awarded the wife the marital residence in West Haven and the 2004 Nissan. The court awarded the husband a three-family residence in New Haven, the Ford, the Dodge Ram, the Honda and his business equipment. The court awarded each party accounts and investments and ordered the parties to divide equally the bankruptcy attorney's fee and a child's unreimbursed expenses for orthodontia.