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Court: Living with boyfriend doesn't terminate woman's need for payments from ex-husband

Saying there was no proof a woman benefited financially from living with her boyfriend, an appeals court reversed a Pierce County judge's decision to suspend maintenance payments from the woman's ex-husband.

In a decision filed March 16, the District III Court of Appeals sent the case back to Judge Robert Wing to further examine the woman's financial status.

According to background in the decision, the woman and her husband divorced after 23 years of marriage. During the marriage, he earned his master's degree and got a job as a high school principal.

At the time of the divorce, his annual salary was $70,000. The wife, who was primarily responsible for raising their five children, had an annual earning capacity of $24,000.

The court ordered the ex-husband to pay his former wife monthly maintenance of $1,283 indefinitely. He was also ordered to pay $339 a month child support.

In 2008, their youngest child moved in with his father, who then asked the court to terminate maintenance to his ex-wife and order her to pay child support.

For more please read the March 24 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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