In any Minnesota divorce, spousal maintenance – which is still often referred to as alimony – is typically one of the most emotional issues, but it doesn’t have to be. A judge can draw on thousands of family law cases to guide him or her in deciding spousal maintenance. It is important to select a lawyer wisely if spousal maintenance will be contested in your divorce.
I have helped my clients resolve complex divorce issues, so I know that people have many questions about alimony awards, whether they will be required to pay, how long they will be required to pay, and what factors are used to determine how much they will be required to pay.
Minnesota courts take testimony on a case-by-case basis, but there are some factors to consider. Among them are:
The most important outcome is to seek a temporary award with an end date if it appears likely that the courts will consider awarding one spouse some level of maintenance. When a temporary award meets the needs and protects the rights of both parties, the courts are more likely to find it acceptable.
While the divorce is in the legal process, it is your attorney’s job to find an acceptable solution for the legal separation period. Negotiations towards a long-term solution in your final divorce judgment may continue when you reach an amicable agreement now.
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