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Adams v. Adams

Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama
778 So. 2d 825 (Ala. Civ. App. 2000)


Facts

Annie Adams and Lewis Adams were married for 41 years. During the marriage, Annie did not work, and Lewis supported the family. Lewis set up a retirement account with his earnings to support the family after his retirement. The parties divorced. At the time of divorce, Annie was 59 years old, and Lewis was 62 years old. Annie did not have a retirement account of her own. The circuit court awarded Annie marital property, totaling approximately 16 percent of the marital assets. Included in Lewis’s 84 percent of the marital assets was the entire retirement account. Annie appealed. Lewis argued that the circuit court properly divided the marital assets, given that Annie would likely squander the assets allocated to her.

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