Clapp v. Clapp
Vermont Supreme court
653 A.2d 72 (1994)
Elizabeth Clapp (plaintiff) and Michael Clapp (defendant) were married in 1967. Mr. Clapp began practicing law in 1969, and Ms. Clapp stayed home to care for the couple’s two children, born in 1970 and 1972, full time until 1975. Ms. Clapp obtained her master’s degree in education in 1977 and became a school guidance counselor. The parties separated in 1987, and Ms. Clapp filed for divorce in 1989. In 1991, Ms. Clapp’s income as a high school guidance counselor was $45,237, and Mr. Clapp’s income as an attorney the same year was $137,600, both before taxes. The divorce was final in February 1993. The court ordered Mr. Clapp to pay Ms. Clapp maintenance, sometimes called alimony, in the temporary amount of $2000 per month and further ordered a calculation of maintenance based on an equalization of after-tax income from June 1987 until the date of the divorce, with an annual inflation adjustment. Mr. Clapp appealed the maintenance award, alleging that Ms. Clapp could meet her reasonable needs based on her own income level without maintenance and that her nonmonetary contributions as a homemaker were not a valid reason to award maintenance.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Dooley, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 176,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.