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Appling v. Appling (limited duration maintenance OK)

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:11 AM by Benicia Livorsi
In this case, Ms. Livorsi successfully represented a Husband who was ordered to pay a limited duration of maintenance.  Normally, people think of maintenance (aka alimony) as an all or nothing idea if you go to trial.  In this case, Husband presented testimony from a vocational rehab expert that Wife would be able to return to the work force making sufficient money to meet her reasonable needs with only a few years of school.  The trial court gave her maintenance for the time necessary for her to finish schooling, with a few months to spare.  Wife wanted maintenance until she remarried or became self-sufficient (thus making Husband come back to Court to get it).