Minnesota Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) Attorney
What is alimony
Spousal maintenance (known as alimony in some other states) refers to payments from the future income of one spouse for the support or maintenance of the other. These payments can be temporary or permanent.
Spousal maintenance (alimony) may be awarded if the spouse seeking it shows that he or she is unable to support him or herself. The Court considers, among other things, the standard of living established during the marriage, the ability of the spouse seeking maintenance to become self-supporting through appropriate employment, and the ability of the spouse asked to pay maintenance to contribute towards the needs of the other spouse while meeting his or her own needs.
The purpose of spousal maintenance is to avoid any unfair economic consequence of a divorce even after property is divided and child support, if any, is granted.
Minnesota courts have set few specific guidelines in resolving this issue. As a result, this issue is often hotly contested, and the Courts have broad discretion in deciding what might be a fair outcome.
Spousal maintenance (alimony) can be modified or even eliminated when the parties’ situation changes, unless the parties have agreed to “divest the court” of jurisdiction to modify an award of spousal maintenance.
Spousal maintenance is a highly emotional issue in any divorce which may become the foundation of a bitter court battle that can poison your life for years.
Moore Family Law’s divorce attorneys are sensitive to your need to resolve this issue favorably and permanently, even as the other party seeks to limit your rights and expand your obligations. Moreover, we will advise you how to use spousal maintenance as a tool that you can use to obtain a favorable global settlement of financial issues.