Property Law Keyed to Dukeminier
Elkus v. Elkus
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The Defendant, Mr. Elkus (Defendant) and the Plaintiff, Mrs. Elkus (Plaintiff), were married for 17 years. At the beginning of their marriage, Plaintiff’s career was just beginning. During their marriage, Plaintiff’s career took off. Defendant traveled with his wife, was her voice coach, attended and critiqued most of her performances and alleged that he sacrificed his own promising career for his wife’s success. The parties stipulated to mutual judgments of divorce, but requested an appeal of the trial court’s determination that Plaintiff’s celebrity status and career did not constitute marital property.
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