Tennessee Supreme Court hears lifetime alimony case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering whether a spouse who has a career and worked throughout her marriage is entitled to a lifetime of alimony.

On Thursday, the court heard arguments in a case that could change the way alimony is awarded in Tennessee.

The case involves the bitter divorce of a Hendersonville couple, where the former husband was ordered to pay his ex-wife $1,250 a month for life or until she remarries.

Lifetime alimony is often awarded to women who have been married for decades and sacrificed their careers for family.

The Supreme Court's decision is expected to give direction to lower courts on what payment if any should be awarded to a spouse who has worked throughout the marriage but still makes significantly less money than the partner.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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