Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Court considers flexibility of fixed divorce agreements

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case in which a man claims he should no longer have to make payments to his ex-wife because she tried to hire a hit man to kill him.  The ex wife had not been charged with trying to have her ex husband, a St. Louis police captain, killed.  The maintenance agreement the couple had entered into was designated "nonmodifiable" and ex-husband had agreed to pay $2,425 a month in maintenance.  The trial court found the agreement could not be changed and dismissed the case. Arguments in the Missouri Supreme Court focused on crafting a public policy exception to the binding nature of maintenance agreements.

Read the AP article by Kelly Wiese (last visited December 13, 2006 bgf)

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