This is a pretty strange case . . . reminds me a little of the "War of the Roses." The Missouri Supreme Court ruled recently that even though a woman tried to have her ex-husband rubbed out, he still must continue to pay alimony to her.
These are the facts:
- In the course of divorce proceedings, the spouses entered into a non-modifiable agreement. Husband agreed to pay monthly spousal support to Wife.
- The divorce was finalized.
- The the ex-wife attempted to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband.
- The ex-husband discovered and thwarted the planned "hit."
- The ex-husband asked the court to terminate his alimony obligation.
- The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the ex-husband had agreed that the spousal support would not be changed "regardless of the relative circumstances of the parties." As a result, the ex-husband remains liable for the spousal support despite the fact that if the ex-wife's plan to have him killed had succeeded, his death would have terminated his spousal support obligation.
See Richardson v Richardson, 218 S.W.3d 426 (Mo. 2007).