In Minnesota, courts have the ability to award spousal support during marriage, while divorce or separation is pending, or as part of a divorce decree. The purpose of spousal support is to ensure an adequate income stream for persons who are economically dependant as a result of the marital relationship.
In determining the amount of the award, need and ability to pay are generally the two most important factors. In Minnesota, while courts will not look to fault or infidelity in determining alimony, they may consider:
- Standard of living
- Length of marriage
- Age and physical and emotional condition of parties
- Employability of spouse seeking maintenance
- Amount of time needed to gain skills or education to find appropriate employment
- Financial resources of each party
- Contribution of each party to the marriage
At Banas Family Law, St. Paul divorce attorney Chris Banas will provide an honest and confidential assessment to evaluate your situation and help you obtain a fair settlement. We will advise you on the types of spousal maintenance awards available, including temporary, permanent, and rehabilitative support. Twin cities divorce attorney Chris Banas handles all aspects of spousal support awards, from obtaining an order to termination of the award. If an order has already been issued in your case and the circumstances of either you or your former spouse have changed, we can also counsel you on the process of seeking a modification of the spousal award.
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