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Marriage of Meegan

11 Cal. App. 4th 156, 13 Cal. Rptr. 2d 799 (1992)

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Marriage of Meegan

California Court of Appeal

11 Cal. App. 4th 156, 13 Cal. Rptr. 2d 799 (1992)

Facts

Elizabeth Meegan and Patrick Meegan divorced. At the time, Patrick was earning $4,700 per month—significantly more than Elizabeth’s monthly income of $1,900. Patrick was ordered to pay spousal support in the amount of $739 per month. Later, Patrick decided to devote his life to religious observance. Patrick quit his job and joined a monastery. Patrick then sought modification of the spousal-support order, stating that he no longer had an income. After finding that Patrick was acting in good faith, the trial court reduced Elizabeth’s spousal-support award to zero. The court also noted that Elizabeth, who was then earning $28,000 per year, had the ability be financially independent. Elizabeth appealed. The California Court of Appeal granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Moore, J.)

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