In Re Marriage of Murray v. Murray


231 Wis. 2d 71, 604 N.W.2d 912 (WI Ct. App., 1999)


Limited term maintenance has various purposes. In this case, it was designed to limit the responsibility of the payor. While there was a “change” in circumstances here, it was not substantial. When a party acts contrary to the goals of a maintenance award, that party cannot use the consequences of such behavior as a basis for modification. The law should not require the payor to finance the unwise or imprudent financial decisions of the recipient. A reasonable person would conducted her financial affairs as if the payments would be permanent.

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