In Re Marriage of Johnson v. Johnson


217 Wis. 2d 124, 576 N.W.2d 585 (WI Ct. App., 1998)


Court erred in increasing maintenance when it concluded that the starting point was an equal division of income. The fairness objective does not apply to a post-divorce situation, as maintenance is not to be viewed as a permanent annuity. Here wife’s minimal efforts to reach level of income she desires should not be rewarded with an annuity for life, especially where ex-spouse’s increased income is not attributable to her marital efforts.

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