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Patty Y.

Case Conclusion Date: 10.12.2011

Practice Area: Divorce and separation

Outcome: Regarding spousal support paid to a disabled individual, the mere passage of time should not require a shift in the spousal support obligation from the ex-spouse to society.

Description: With a date of marriage of November 25, 1990, Wife filed for Legal Separation in 1998 (alleging July 1, 1998 as the date of separation, while Husband's Response for Marital Dissolution alleged August 1, 1996 as the date of separation). As a homemaker without children during the marriage and unemployed at the time, Wife began collecting spousal support on August 26, 1998. Wife then became ill during the case and underwent triple organ transplant surgery Despite multiple filings by Husband (2001, 2004, and 2010 - all with different counsel), spousal support continued until the court's ruling on Husband's 2011 filing with his fourth attorney.

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