Ensuring You Receive The Financial Support To Which You Are Entitled

Spousal maintenance (also called spousal support or alimony) is not automatically awarded in Minnesota. To receive spousal maintenance, one person must be considered in need of financial support, and the payer must be able to afford it.

If you are facing divorce, you will want to know whether you may be paying or receiving spousal maintenance. It is best to speak with an attorney. At Paul Law Office, PLLC, in Burnsville, I represent people in divorce, and I can review your case to determine how spousal maintenance is likely to be granted, if at all. Please speak with me today.

Will I Have To Pay Alimony?

There is no specific formula for calculating spousal maintenance; however, the court will consider factors such as:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The couple's standard of living during the marriage
  • The income and earning ability of each person
  • The age and health of each person
  • The property division settlement
  • One person supporting the education/training of the other
  • Contributions of one person as a homemaker and child-rearer

The court awards alimony to provide for a person who cannot provide for himself or herself. Most often, it is awarded to temporarily provide for one party until he or she is able to do so. Marital fault is not a factor in the award of spousal maintenance in Minnesota.

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