TRENTON, N.J. - Days after breaking the NHL record for wins by a goalie, Devils netminder Martin Brodeur has been dealt an alimony setback by a New Jersey appeals court.
The court ruled that Brodeur must pay his ex-wife US$500,000 a year until 2020. Brodeur appealed, asking that he only be required to pay alimony until he retires, which he estimated to be in 2012. Brodeur's ex-wife, Melanie DuBois, asked for alimony payments until 2024, when their youngest child is anticipated to graduate from college.
The court ordered Brodeur to pay alimony until 2020, the year the youngest child graduates high school.
"Here, the parties always agreed that (the) plaintiff would serve as the full-time caretaker of the children," the court wrote. "In order to do so, she requires financial support and defendant earns sufficient income to effectuate the plan."
A lower court originally awarded DuBois permanent alimony.
In addition to alimony, DuBois was awarded $132,000 in annual child support and more than $9 million in other assets.
The couple married in August 1995. According to court records, the marriage ended after Brodeur admitted to having an affair with his sister-in-law, who was living with the Brodeurs to help take care of their four children. DuBois filed for divorce in May 2003.
"There is no formula for alimony. This was a situation that dealt with her ability to earn," said DuBois' lawyer Beatrice Kandell. "The lifestyle that was created during the marriage made it clear that she needed to be supported until she ceased to be the full-time caretaker of the children."
Calls to lawyers for Brodeur were not returned Thursday. Brodeur, who makes $5.2 million per season, is signed through the 2011-'12 campaign.
On Tuesday, Brodeur broke Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy's record with his 552nd NHL victory.
The victory came in Brodeur's 987th game of a 15-year career played entirely with the Devils.
During that tenure, Brodeur has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and won the Vezina Trophy four times as the league's top goalie.