Tennessee court could decide future of alimony

A Tennessee woman who makes $72,000 per year claims she deserves $15,000 a year in alimony, in a case being argued in front of the state’s Supreme Court.

Johanna Gonsewski and Craig Gonsewski, who makes $137,000 a year, were divorced in 2009 and Sumner County Judge Tom Gray ruled that Johanna was not entitled to alimony, reports the Tennessean.

However, a Court of Appeals determined that the mother of two adult children deserved $1,250 a month from her ex-husband.

Craig Gonsewski appealed that decision and now the case is in front of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Kelly Murray of Vanderbilt Law School told the news source that it was “interesting” that a woman who has her own substantial income was awarded alimony.

“I think what’s interesting is that she is a working spouse and not a stay-at-home spouse,” Murray said. “This is a woman who has a good career.”

The news provider said that the case could determine the future of how alimony is awarded in the state.

The Associated Press reported that the couple had been married for 21 years.