Reading the recently unpublished (not precedential) Appellate Division matter of Connaughton v. Connaughton brought me back to my days of toiling as an account executive at an advertising agency in Manhattan. Our team often worked long hours and frequently traveled for client meetings, commercial shoots, and the like.
Advertising also was and remains notorious for forcing account and creative executives to switch from agency to agency in order to make more money over time. For instance, a person who just joined an agency may be making tens of thousands of dollars more than a similarly situated person who started with and remained at the same agency throughout their career for no other reason than that the newly hired person came from a different agency.
The income situation in Connaughton was interesting in that Brian’s historical income increased as he frequently switched jobs and moved up the proverbial ladder. Similarly interesting was Elizabeth’s income growth, which stalled once she left the workforce and gave birth to the parties’ child. Specifically, the parties married in 1995, and a year later, Brian obtained a job with J. Walter Thompson while Elizabeth commenced a period of freelance work that lasted throughout the remainder of the marriage.