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Family Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Roy, Christopher


AC40172 - Merk-Gould v. Gould ("The defendant, Robert F. Gould, Jr., appeals from the judgment of the trial court dissolving his marriage to the plaintiff, Linda Merk-Gould, and entering certain financial and property orders. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court: (1) improperly ordered tax-free alimony to the plaintiff; (2) erroneously found that the defendant had an annual earning capacity of $200,000; (3) improperly awarded the plaintiff 60 percent of the pretax amount of the defendant’s pension; (4) abused its discretion in valuing the defendant’s interests in several private equity companies on the basis of the cost of the assets at the time of purchase, rather than the value of the assets as of the date of the dissolution; (5) abused its discretion in awarding the plaintiff attorney’s fees; and (6) abused its discretion in denying his motion for a mistrial. Because we agree with the defendant’s second and fourth claims, we reverse in part the judgment of the trial court and remand the case for a new trial on the financial and property orders.")