Commonly known as “alimony,” spousal maintenance is an arrangement of payments from the expected income or earnings of one spouse for the support of the other following a divorce. Spousal maintenance is usually granted to the spouse that is unable to support him or herself after a Minnesota divorce or legal separation. In Minnesota, there is no magic number of years for the length of marriage that creates a necessity for required maintenance payments, but generally spousal maintenance is not common in marriages of shorter duration. Spousal maintenance can also be waived by the parties through a Karon Waiver.
At Heimerl & Lammers, we realize that spousal maintenance is one of the most contentious topics involved in a divorce or legal separation. Our firm is founded on the belief that equal justice and fairness is an absolute right. As such, we are equally adept at representing both sides of the spousal maintenance coin. If you are the party that needs to receive spousal maintenance, we will work hard to obtain the proper amount of maintenance for the necessary duration of time. If you are the party that is being asked to pay spousal maintenance, we will see to it that any payments you are asked to make are fair and agreeable. Visit the following pages for more information on topics related to alimony:
Deciding to award or not award spousal maintenance is a delicate decision making process, one involving a number of factors, all of which have a bearing on whether or not a court decides to award maintenance. These factors can include whether the spouse seeking maintenance lacks the means to provide reasonable self-support, and whether the other spouse has the ability to pay.
Should the court decide that spousal maintenance is required, the question then is “how much should be awarded, and for how long?” Calculating this involves considering many factors, including:
As you can see, having competent, efficient legal representation on your side is essential if you’re facing spousal maintenance or alimony questions in Minnesota. If you have any questions about spousal maintenance, either from the paying or receiving side, contact the Minnesota divorce attorneys at Heimerl & Lammers today and let us help you throughout this difficult, complex, and emotionally-charged time. Set up your free initial consultation – 612.294.2200.