Helping Couples Find Agreement In Spousal Maintenance Matters

Spousal maintenance, or alimony, can come into play during a divorce, particularly for higher asset individuals. Unlike child support, spousal maintenance in Minnesota is not determined by any quantitative guidelines. Instead, the courts have the ability to award maintenance as well as its duration and amount at their discretion. This becomes one of the most contested decisions in a divorce, and requires advice and guidance from an experienced divorce attorney.

I am John Daniels, a divorce attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience. In my career, I have handled numerous divorce cases involving spousal maintenance. Whether you are the potential beneficiary or provider of this support, I can explain the options for spousal maintenance, typically temporary, rehabilitative or permanent, and represent you during any legal processes that your case might entail.

An Alimony Lawyer Serving Clients In Minneapolis And Annandale

Minnesota statutes identify the following as factors the court should consider when determining if spousal maintenance should be granted:

  • Current and future financial resources of the potential beneficiary
  • Age of the receiving spouse
  • Physical and emotional health of the receiving spouse
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Length of the marriage
  • Economic sacrifices of the receiving spouse (such as when staying home for homemaking and child rearing)
  • Amount of time the benefiting spouse will need to acquire skills and education for appropriate employment (for rehabilitative support)

In some cases, the need for alimony can be removed through property settlement agreements such as rewarding one spouse the couple's former home or another high-value asset. No matter what your circumstances entail, I have the knowledge and skill to advise you of support options as well as alternatives, and guide your case toward a successful resolution.

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To talk to an experienced spousal maintenance lawyer about your case. Call me in Annandale or Minneapolis at 612-208-9939. If you prefer, you can also complete my online contact form. I offer free initial consultations.