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Monday, September 26, 2011

TN Alimony Case

From the Commercial Appeal:

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Supreme Court Friday reversed a lower appeals court decision to award long-term and lump-sum alimony to a suburban Nashville woman who is in good health, has a stable and relatively well-paying job and received significant assets in the divorce.

The divorce case of Johanna and Craig Gonsewski of Hendersonville had been watched by family law attorneys because the earlier Court of Appeals ruling reversed years of precedents that limited lifetime alimony for former spouses who are not in especially difficult circumstances.

The Supreme Court's unanimous decision Friday reinstated the trial court's decision not to award lifetime alimony and substantial attorneys fees to Johanna Gonsewski, even though she earned less than her husband of 21 years.

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It sounds like the TN Supreme Court Justices got this one right.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer | Sep 26, 2011 3:11:13 PM

I like this one. I am 100% opposed to long term alimony awards especially when the receiving spouse is capable of earning a living.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce Attorneys | Oct 6, 2011 6:58:05 PM

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