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Modification of Spousal Maintenance After a Divorce in Missouri

In a Missouri divorce, a court may award spousal maintenance — formerly known as alimony — to one of the spouses when they would otherwise be unable to support themselves with their own income or other resources. Courts can order the payment of m… Read More
Taxation of Spousal Maint…

Taxation of Spousal Maintenance Payments in Missouri

Under Missouri’s family laws, courts can order a party to a divorce to pay two different kinds of support to their soon-to-be-ex-spouse. If the parties have one or more minor children, the court will usually order a parent to pay child support to t… Read More
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Can Missouri Courts Award Retroactive Spousal Maintenance in a Divorce Case?

Divorce requires a reorganization of nearly every aspect of one’s life. This is a difficult adjustment for most people, but particularly so when one spouse is unable to support themselves without the other spouse’s assistance. The concept of “a… Read More

Spousal support awarded in 6.5 year marriage

Recent case from the Court of Appeals: Husband appeals from the trial court’s judgment, dissolving his marriage Wife, dividing the parties’ marital property, and ordering him to pay maintenance. On appeal, Husband asserts that the trial court err… Read More

Increase in Income Ends Maintenance but Strict Compliance With Statute Required

Recent Case from the Missouri Court of Appeals Wife appeals the modification court’s judgment granting, in part, Husband’s motion to modify his maintenance obligation. The purpose of maintenance is to meet the reasonable expenses of a depende… Read More

Spousal Maintenance (f/k/a alimony) reduced based on medical disability

Recent Missouri case: On a motion to modify (reduce) maintenance, evidence of a substantial and continuing change included “detailed evidence” of Movant Husband’s stroke-induced disability and reduced income, and no evidence of an increase in W… Read More

Modification of spousal support order requires substantial and continuing change in circumstances

Recent Case: From the Missouri Court of Appeals, Modification of Spousal Support vs. Property Division Appellant Husband appeals the trial court’s judgment reducing, but not terminating, his maintenance obligation, retroactive to February 2015, and… Read More

LAGERS Pension divided as a future asset

Recent Case: LAGERS Pension present value of zero but future payment divided Missouri Statutes require division of marital property, including local government retirement system benefits. The Circuit court treated the defined benefit pension as a fut… Read More

Modification of Maintenance appropriate on Voluntary Retirement and Increase in Resources of Obligee; No entitlement to attorney fees just because of lesser income.

Recent Case: Wife appeals Judgment of the Circuit Court modifying her spousal maintenance award and denial of attorney fees Statutes base maintenance on, and limit it to, need, and allow modification when a substantial and continuing change in circum… Read More

Spousal Support (Maintenance) Denied in Missouri Divorce

Recent Case: Missouri Court of Appeals upholds Judgment denying spousal support when sufficient property is awarded Wife appeals from the trial court’s judgment that dissolved her marriage with Husband, divided marital property and marital debt… Read More

Mark A. Wortman

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Kansas City family law attorney Mark A. Wortman handles only divorce and family law matters, and practices only in the State of Missouri. Due to this specialty, Mark has handled thousands of Missouri divorce and family cases and has practiced extensi… Read More