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Pyeatte v. Pyeatte

Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1
135 Ariz. 346 (1982)


Facts

During their marriage, H. Charles Pyeatte (defendant) and his wife, Margrethe (plaintiff) reached an agreement for Margrethe to financially support Charles through three years of law school without him having to work. The couple further agreed that upon Charles’s graduation from law school, he would financially support Margrethe while she obtained a master’s degree without her having to be employed. Upon completion of law school, Charles’s law firm position did not provide sufficient income to support their living expenses and Margrethe’s graduate school education. Consequently, Charles and Margrethe agreed to defer her graduate education for a year or two until they became financially stable. Margrethe then got a part-time job as a teacher. Shortly thereafter, Margrethe filed for divorce. Although there was no spousal support sought by either party and all property had been divided among the two, the trial court found that there was a valid and binding agreement which Charles had breached by failing to pay for Margrethe’s graduate school education. The court awarded Margrethe $23,000 as damages for breach of contract. Charles appealed.

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