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Chamberlain v. Chamberlain
Minnesota Court of Appeals
615 N.W.2d 405 (2000)
Paul Chamberlain, an attorney, and Mary Chamberlain, a teacher, enjoyed an affluent lifestyle during their 30-year marriage. Paul and Mary later sought to dissolve the marriage. In the resulting proceeding, the district court determined that Mary’s financial need exceeded her salary and awarded her $2,400 per month in permanent maintenance, leaving the order open for possible modification in the future. Paul appealed, arguing that Mary commanded the top salary available to a teacher, that the dissolution already entitled her to a substantial property award, and that the court should not have taken the couple’s affluent lifestyle into consideration. The Minnesota Court of Appeals granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Anderson, J.)
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