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Domestic Relations – Retroactive Alimony – Motion for Reconsideration – Equitable Distribution – Valuation (access required)

Wannamaker v. Wannamaker Even though, in her motion for reconsideration, the defendant-wife attempted to justify her entitlement to a credit for mortgage payments by arguing there was no award of temporary alimony, the wife never asked the family court to reconsider its decision not to award her retroactive alimony in its final divorce decree. Since the divorce judgment was already more than 10 days old, the family court lacked the authority to alter or amend the judgment on its own initiative. The family court abused its discretion in awarding the wife retroactive alimony in its amended divorce decree. The family court’s amended divorce decree is affirmed in part and reversed in part.

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