Michael Thieme (plaintiff) and Bernice Aucoin-Thieme (defendant) lived together in a domestic partnership for eight years and were married for 14 months until they divorced. During their cohabitation, Thieme worked for International Biometrics Group (IBG) while Aucoin-Thieme cared for the couple’s child. Thieme did not have an ownership stake in IBG, but IBG committed to giving Thieme a substantial compensation for his contributions if the company were sold. Thieme worked long hours, which prevented Aucoin-Thieme from working, but the couple decided that the long hours would be worth it for the deferred compensation from IBG. Thieme and Aucoin-Thieme made their financial decisions with the possibility of this compensation in mind. IBG was sold three months after the couple finalized the divorce. IBG paid Thieme $2.25 million as a closing bonus. Aucoin-Thieme moved for a share of the bonus. The trial court ruled that Aucoin-Thieme was entitled to an equitable distribution of the amount of the bonus that Thieme earned during the marriage. The appellate court affirmed. Thieme appealed.