Georgii and Irina Loutts married in Russia in 1988. They later moved to the United States. During their marriage, they each earned a Ph.D. Georgii, a professor by day, also started QPhotonics, a business that buys, sells, imports, and exports light emitting diodes (LEDs). Irina worked as an adjunct professor and as QPhotonics’ accountant.
The couple divorced in 2008 and the court entered a judgment dividing most of their property 50-50. The court also awarded Irina four years of rehabilitative spousal support, a cash payment of $247,788 as an “equalizer,” and half of the value of QPhotonics—approximately $140,000. Seven years later, in Loutts v. Loutts, No. 318468
, the Court of Appeals concluded that a motion to modify spousal support, made after the termination of spousal support, lacked the necessary support to establish a chance of circumstances since the divorce. Read More