Disabled veteran seeks spousal support ruling by U.S. Supreme Court

Posted on May 21st, 2012 No Comments

Alimony and disability benefits are the current topics of debate in a U.S. Supreme Court case. A disabled Air Force veteran is asking the court to change the rule regarding the inclusion of disability benefits in the calculation of spousal support payments.

The man was employed with the Air Force during the time of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. His responsibility in relation to that tragedy involved uncovering bodies in the rubble of the building. As a result of his strenuous position as a first responder, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

After some time with PTSD, the man was unable to return to work and was officially declared a disabled veteran by the state of Virginia. He began collecting benefits from the state in addition to Social Security Disability Insurance. He receives approximately $4,400 a month in these payments and was ordered to pay his ex-wife $1,000 a month in spousal support upon completion of their divorce.

There are numerous causes for divorce, and a multitude of questions can arise in the divorce process. If you are considering divorce and have questions, please contact the divorce lawyers of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., by calling (408) 296-4100 today.


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