Marital Assets George Neville and Tina Neville were married. At the time, George was 31 years old and a practicing attorney; Tina was a 23-year-old medical student. After 7 years, Tina became a licensed physician. Soon after, George filed for divorce from Tina because she was having an adulterous affair with another doctor. At the time of the divorce, George was earning $55,000 per year practicing law; Tina was earning $165,000 per year as a physician.
The divorce was filed in Mississippi, where the couple lived. Mississippi follows the doctrine of equitable distribution. George sought to have TinaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s medical license and medical practice valued as an ongoing business, and he claimed a portion of the value. The court refused GeorgeĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s request and instead applied the doctrine of equitable distribution and awarded him rehabilitative alimony of $1,400 per month for 120 months. The aggregate amount of the alimony was $168,000. George appealed this award, alleging on appeal that TinaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s medical license and practice should be valued, and he should receive a portion of this value. Under the doctrine of equitable distribution, is the trial courtĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s award fair, or should George win on appeal? Neville v. Neville, 734 So.2d 352, Web 1999 Miss.App. Lexis 68 (Court of Appeals of Mississippi)
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