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Mani v. Mani

Supreme Court of New Jersey
869 S.2d 904 (2005)


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.

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