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O’Brien v. O’Brien
Citation:489 N.E.2d 712
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- Parties: Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
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- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
The plaintiff, Mr. O’Brien, and defendant, Mrs. O’Brien, were married for nine years. At the time of marriage, both Mr. and Mrs. O’Brien were employed as teachers at the same private school. Mrs. O’Brien had a bachelors degree and a temporary teaching certificate but needed an additional 18 months of postgraduate classes to obtain permanent certification in New York. Mrs. O’Brien passed up this opportunity to support Mr. O’Brien in his decision to return to school, obtain his bachelors, and, eventually, obtain his license to practice medicine. In doing so, Mrs. O’Brien relocated with Mr. O’Brien to Mexico for a little over three years while he attended medical school. Mrs. O’Brien then moved back to New York with Mr. O’Brien, returning to her former teaching position, as he completed medical school. Mr. O’Brien filed for divorce two months after acquiring his license to practice medicine.
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