Violation Of A Court Order Resolved After Contempt Motion Filed

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After agreeing to a court order that he provide a survivor benefit to his ex-wife on his municipal pension benefit, a retired fire chief violated the court order by electing an irrevocable single life annuity. The pension had a value of over $700,000. Although the ex-wife was receiving life time alimony payments in the amount of her share of his pension benefit (this particular pension could not be divided by QDRO), she sought to enforce and extend the requirement that he maintain life insurance for her benefit for the rest of his life to compensate for her share of the benefit in the event he died before she did. The ex-husband, who had cancelled his court-ordered life insurance, claimed he was uninsurable due to high blood pressure and that he couldn't afford the premiums. After some vigorous litigation and argument, Attorney Haakonsen was able to secure an order for the ex-husband to maintain substantial life insurance for our client's benefit for 25 years and continue paying her a share of his pension income until either of them died.

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