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Judge Ross contested the district court's award of permanent spousal maintenance.

Ross v. Ross: judge’s arguments hold no water before panel of retired jurists

In appealing his own post-decree spousal maintenance dispute to the Court of Appeals, Judge Kevin Ross chose to make his and his ex-wife’s financial situation public.  The panel of retired judges, including former Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer, who wrote the opinion, upheld the district court’s award of $2,500 in permanent maintenance to Mrs. Ross, after a 24-year marriage that ended in 2009. The court was unmoved by Judge Ross’ argument that the district court erred in considering the marital standard of living, instead of the standard of living at the time of the dissolution, in fashioning its award.  The judge’s argument was contrary to the statute and “defies equity and common sense,” the court said. Furthermore, the court found Mrs. Ross’ budget of $4,675 to be reasonable, given the marital standard of living.  It also found Judge Ross’ expenses of $4,609 to be reasonable.

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