A divorce court found that a husband was not obligated to continue to pay spousal support to wife, based on the short-duration of the marriage. No children were born during the marriage and each spouse respectively established their life prior to the marriage, even though wife became permanently disabled during the marriage.
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A divorce court held that a spouse who received a lump-sum severance payment did not have to consider the full sum as compensation, attributable to the single month the payment was received in.
The court determined it was permissible to award support payments based on exercised stock option income, provided the divorce court sets a maximum award amount equal to the marital standard of living.
A divorce court found that where a marriage was of a long duration and one spouse was without employment skills, the supporting spouse’s obligation may be extended.
The court held a divorce trial court may consider the social and moral obligations of a spouse to provide care for their child in determining the appropriate spousal support order.
A divorce court denied a spouse’s request to receive an increase in spousal support on the basis that a spouse had failed to seek gainful employment but instead engaged in fruitless endeavors and donated her time.
The court held spousal support may be decreased incrementally, provided there is a change in circumstances and the divorce court explains the reasons for implementing a step-down decrease in spousal support.
A court held that a divorce court did not abuse its discretion by ordering the reduction of a spousal support award and selecting a date that the spousal support was to terminate in the absence of a showing of “good cause” to extend the award.
A court held that a spouse who retired while in the midst of paying spousal support obligations was permitted to reduce the spousal support award due to a change in circumstances.
The divorce court imputed the income of a full-time teacher salary to a mother based on her qualifications despite mother’s explicit desire to only work part-time and lowered father’s child support obligation based on the imputed income.