The Iowa court docket authorizes different youngster assist funds to ease the transition to single life

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has officially recognized alimony for the first time, a new type of support that may be considered in divorce cases.

The court said interim alimony can remedy an injustice not addressed by the other recognized categories of assistance. The Iowa court’s decision came in the case of a Dubuque doctor who was appealing a decision by the Iowa Court of Appeals awarding his ex-wife $1.2 million in 12-year child support.

The Supreme Court ruled that factors in marriage supported the need for an alternative to traditional alimony.

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