Modification of Alimony and Voluntary Underemployment: Flynn v. Flynn

Facts: The parties divorced in 2003 after 27 years of marriage. At the time of divorce, Husband, who was an equity partner in a prominent law firm, entered into a Marital Dissolution Agreement (“MDA”) that required him to pay permanent alimony to Wife. Six years later, Husband was expelled from his former law firm because […]

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Property Classification of Increase in Pension Benefits: Nusbaum v. Nusbaum

Facts: The parties divorced when Husband was 61 and Wife was 67. Both parties were found to be equally at fault in the divorce. Among other assets, Husband had a Federal Employee Retirement Service (FERS) pension, part of which was his separate property because it accrued prior to the marriage. The trial court determined the […]

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Property Classification, Transitional Alimony, and Attorney’s Fees: May v. May

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after a 25-year marriage. At the time of divorce, Husband was 75 years old and “semi-retired,” earning $1,250 per month as a consultant. Wife was 59 years old, had a GED, and earned $260 per month cleaning houses. She also had cancer and a painful nerve condition in her hip. […]

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Modification of Permanent Alimony: Jackman v. Jackman

Facts: After a ten-year marriage, the trial court divorced Husband and Wife on stipulated grounds but reserved all financial issues, including alimony, for trial. After a subsequent trial, the trial court awarded Wife rehabilitative alimony of $2,000 per month plus the cost of Wife’s COBRA premiums, with the alimony amount increasing to $2,400 per month […]

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Long-Term Alimony in Tennessee: Gonsewski v. Gonsewski

Facts: The parties were divorced after a 21-year marriage. Wife was granted the divorce because of Husband’s inappropriate marital conduct. Both had been employed throughout the marriage. Husband earned $138,000 per year, including a $38,000 bonus that was not guaranteed to recur in the future. Wife earned $72,000 per year. In dividing the marital property, […]

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Divorce Recovery and Support Groups

A recent article by Jane Hamilton published at Salon.com will likely resonate with many readers of this blog. She writes about the emotions she felt after her divorce and how her exposure to other divorcees who were further along in the grieving process taught her that things will get better. The article appears below. What Kept Me […]

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Property Division and Alimony: Pettijohn v. Pettijohn

Facts: The parties divorced after 24 years of marriage. Husband earned nearly $100,000 while Wife earned $20,000. Wife suffered from multiple chronic health problems. The trial awarded the divorce to Wife based upon Husband’s inappropriate marital conduct, divided the marital estate almost equally, awarded Wife alimony in futuro of $750 per month (increasing to $1750 […]

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Child Support and Alimony Modification: Grisham v. Grisham

Facts: Parties divorced in 2006 after 24 years of marriage. Husband was ordered to pay child support, including a substantial upward deviation. Husband was also ordered to pay a significant sum of rehabilitative alimony over a protracted period of time. In 2008, Husband filed a petition to modify his child support and alimony obligations, citing decreased […]

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Transitional Alimony in Tennessee: McKin v. McKin

Facts: After an 18-year marriage, the parties divorced. The trial court divided the marital estate and ordered Husband to pay Wife $150,000 to equalize the division of property. The trial court found that Wife needed transitional alimony of $500 per month until such time as Husband paid the $150,000 necessary to complete the division of […]

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Property Division and Alimony: Raper v. Raper

Facts: The parties, both 50 years old, were divorced after a 26-year marriage. Husband earned $35,000 annually while Wife earned $23,000. One month before the separation, Husband, in contemplation of divorce and knowing that Wife would take the marital residence upon divorce, took out a second mortgage on the marital residence to pay off various […]

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Nicholson v. Nicholson

Facts: The parties were married for 13 years and had three children. Husband is a dentist earning $144,000/year and Wife was a homemaker who earned approximately $12,000-16,000 working in Husband’s dental practice. Evidence at trial revealed Wife’s extramarital affairs, “party girl” lifestyle, and virtual abandonment of the family. After a trial, the trial court denied […]

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