Noting that Americans are living longer with fewer financial resources, a Long Island, N.Y., judge has refused to order a 59-year-old car salesman to pay lifetime maintenance to an ex-wife with health problems.

“[W]hile a non-durational maintenance award in this case might assuage the Court’s concerns for the wife’s future financial well being, it would do so at the expense of enslaving the historic wage earner to indefinite years of employment beyond any reasonable expected retirement,” Supreme Court Justice Anthony J. Falanga of Nassau County wrote in J.S. v. J.S.

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