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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Richard Dale Cooper and Joanne Marie Cooper were divorced in 2002. Richard was ordered to pay $1,2000 per month in child support, and $500 per month in spousal maintenance for one year. The trial court found that the marriage had lasted for longer than 10 years, Joanne lacked sufficient property, including property distributed to the final decree of divorce, and Joanne lacked earning ability in the labor market to meet her needs. Richard appeals the award of spousal maintenance. He claims that Joanne’s monthly income exceeds her monthly expenses without his having to pay spousal support. HOLDING:Affirmed. Because Richard refers only to the balance between Joanne’s income and expenses, the court does not look at other factors that may come up contesting spousal support, such as Joanne’s earning potential. Instead, the court looks solely at the numbers. The court finds Joanne’s monthly expenses total $2,794, and her monthly income totals $2,600. The court rejects Joanne’s invitation to make a ruling on whether child support should be included in the calculation of income because even including Richard’s child support payments to her, Joanne’s monthly income still falls below her monthly expenses. Accordingly, the trial court did not err in awarding Joanne spousal support. OPINION:Radack, C.J.; Radack, C.J., Alcala and Bland, JJ.

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