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Family Law Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:In the divorce of Laura and Phillip, the judge ordered Phillip to pay Laura $15,600 in post-divorce maintenance. In its findings of fact, the trial court noted, among other things, that the marriage lasted longer than 10 years, Laura lacked sufficient property to meet her reasonable needs, lacked earning capacity, had exercised due diligence in searching for work and in attempting to develop skills to make her employable. The trial court found in its conclusions of law that Laura qualified for maintenance under Family Law �8.051(2)(C), which states that the spouse seeking maintenance “lacks sufficient property, including property distributed to the spouse under this code, to provide for the spouse’s minimum reasonable needs [and] clearly lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to provide support for the spouse’s minimum reasonable needs.” Phillip appealed the award of maintenance. HOLDING:Affirmed. After reviewing other state jurisdictions, the court rules it will use an abuse-of-discretion standard to review the trial court’s ruling on maintenance. The court examines Laura’s testimony, noting that her monthly average of expenses was $6,156 and that she did not have any source of income other than the child support payment and payments on a note awarded during the divorce, and her wages of $11 per hour. She also testified that the numbers Phillip’s lawyer used during her cross-examination did not reflect her testimony. The court finds some evidence of probative force to support the trial court’s findings of fact. OPINION:Dickenson, S.J.; Wright and McCall, JJ., and Dickenson, S.J., sitting by assignment

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