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Tenn. Supreme Court rules against lifetime alimony

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's decision for a man to pay lifetime alimony to his former wife.

Craig and Johanna Gonsewski, who lived in Hendersonville, went through a bitter divorce. In 2009, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ordered Craig Gonsewski to pay his former wife $1,250 a month in alimony. The payments were to last for life or until she remarries.

The ex-husband appealed, claiming that the appellate court went too far by giving her that amount of money for life.

On Friday, the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously ruled the award of lifetime alimony was inappropriate because Johanna Gonsewski held a stable job, earned considerable income, and was awarded a significant amount of assets in the division of property.

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