Spousal Maintenance/Alimony

Minneapolis Divorce Attorney

Spousal maintenance, also called alimony, is a part of many Minnesota divorces. It is the result of one spouse needing support from the other to maintain a specific quality of life. The support goes to the spouse who earned less money throughout the marriage. It gives that party the ability to pay living expenses until they remarry or just long enough to achieve better earning capacity at a new job or existing job, either through obtaining an education or promotion. With the help of an experienced Minneapolis divorce attorney, you can obtain the support you need or, if you are on the other side of the matter, avoid paying support or paying too much.

With John Burns guiding you throughout the divorce and spousal maintenance process, you have a better opportunity of getting the result that you are looking for when compared to fighting through the process on your own.

Guidance You Can Trust

When you have the Burns Law Office representing your interests, you will receive in-depth explanations of the different factors used to determine the length and amount of spousal support. Those factors include:

  • The earning potential of a spouse based on level of education
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Length of marriage
  • Income of each spouse
  • Age and health of each spouse

The court uses these factors to determine whether the receiving party should receive spousal support indefinitely until they remarry or until they can make a meaningful income. In other words, spousal maintenance is either permanent or “rehabilitative.” It should be noted that child support violations and domestic violence accusations can affect a person’s ability to obtain spousal support.

Always In Your Corner

Even after spousal maintenance is determined, it may be necessary to revisit the matter in the future. In this case, you can petition for modification of spousal support with the help of your Minneapolis divorce attorney. Perhaps you are the receiving party and you learn that the other is earning more and you are experiencing a hardship. Then again, you may be the paying party and a decrease in earnings has resulted in the need to lower support. No matter the circumstance, the Burns Law Office can help you.

Contact A Minneapolis Divorce Attorney

Spousal maintenance is an important part of a divorce because it gives the spouse earning less or nothing at all the support they need indefinitely or until they can find their own method of support. If you are going through a divorce and need an experienced divorce lawyer who can expertly handle spousal maintenance establishment or the modification of spousal maintenance, call the Burns Law Office at 952-898-6834 to request a free consultation.



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