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Are Spousal Maintenance and Alimony the Same in Minnesota?

Alimony is called spousal maintenance in Minnesota. The state's laws were amended in 1984 to favor permanent spousal maintenance awards in some cases. However, as there are no percentage guidelines to determine the amount granted, this can be the most disputed part of your divorce. You can count on the dedicated Minnesota divorce attorneys at Hess Law, P.A. to defend your rights to fair compensation.

To qualify for maintenance, the spouse must demonstrate that they lack sufficient property to support themselves or are unable to provide adequate self-support. A spouse may also be awarded maintenance if they have custody of a child whose condition and circumstances require the parent to stay home.

The court determines the amount and duration of spousal maintenance based on these factors:

  • Financial resources of the spouse seeking maintenance
  • Amount of time necessary to acquire necessary skills or education to find appropriate employment
  • Age and physical and emotional health of the recipient spouse
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Length of the marriage
  • Contribution and economic sacrifices of a homemaker including loss of seniority, retirement benefits and other employment opportunities lost while working at home
  • Financial resources of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought

For advice on the amount of spousal maintenance you can expect in your divorce, consult the experienced Minneapolis divorce attorneys at Hess & Jendro Law Office, P.A.

Hess & Jendro Law Office, P.A.'s divorce lawyers provide you with caring, trustworthy service at a reasonable price. We can help relieve the stress of meeting the seemingly overwhelming legal and financial obligations of divorce proceedings.

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