Dan v. Dan: Husband claims that the court’s modification of his alimony obligation was improper as a matter of law and otherwise an abuse of its discretion.
By Laura Morgan, Family Law Consultant
Trial court acted within its discretion in modifying former husband’s alimony obligation from $15,000 per month to $40,000 per month based on a substantial increase in former husband’s salary since the dissolution judgment; former husband’s income, which included a base salary of $3,240,000 per year, was five times greater than it was at the time of dissolution judgment, former wife’s income consisted of dividend and interest income in the amount of $8000 to $12,000 per year, former wife did not have a college degree and had not been employed for decades, former wife had health problems for which she was taking numerous medications, and parties divorced after a lengthy twenty‑nine years of marriage.
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.