Carr‑Harris v. Carr‑Harris: Denial of spousal maintenance to the wife on the dissolution of a 30‑year marriage, based on the imputation of income.
By Laura Morgan, Family Law Consultant.
Denial of spousal maintenance to wife upon dissolution of 30‑year marriage, based on imputation of income to her of $40,000 per year, was proper, even though wife had only worked three years during the marriage and was currently unemployed; wife was highly educated and held a doctorate degree, she and husband were similarly situated in terms of age, educational background, and future potential work, both she and husband were in the process of beginning new careers, husband earned $54,000 per year as a school teacher but had support obligations for the parties’ youngest child, and wife had indicated she anticipated she could earn approximately $40,000 per year once she went back to work.
Laura Morgan is a Family Law Consultant. Laura is available for consultation, brief writing and research on family law issues throughout the country. She can be reached through her Web site.