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Mani v. Mani

869 A.2d 904 (2005)

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Mani v. Mani

Supreme Court of New Jersey

869 A.2d 904 (2005)

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Facts

Spouses Brenda Mani (plaintiff) and James Mani (defendant) lived primarily on the substantial investment proceeds of Mrs. Mani’s stock from a family business. Both were college graduates. He and Mrs. Mani met in 1970 and ran a boardwalk amusement business until retiring from it in 1993. After that, he attempted to work as a real estate agent but made no more than $20,000 total. Mrs. Mani estimated that their monthly budget was $7,360; Mr. Mani estimated it at $13,143. In or about 2000, Mrs. Mani filed for divorce after learning that Mr. Mani was having an affair with a friend. Mr. Mani sought permanent alimony of $68,320 per year. The court awarded him alimony of $610 per week, based on the couple’s current standard of living and the court’s determination that Mr. Mani could earn $25,000 per year. Both parties appealed. The intermediate appellate court affirmed the judgment of the trial court on the grounds that Mr. Mani’s adultery was a factor affecting the alimony amount. An appeal was taken.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Long, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Rivera-Soto, J.)

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