Protecting Your Financial Interests In Divorce
Traditionally referred to as alimony, spousal maintenance is sometimes paid by the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse following a divorce. There are many factors that could affect the duration or amount of spousal maintenance. The purpose of spousal support is to assist the lower earner in maintaining a standard of living similar to what was experienced during the marriage, while also considering the needs of the obligor. In some cases, the award of spousal maintenance may be permanent.
At the Law Office of Barbara J. Gislason, clients are guided through every step of the divorce process by a highly experienced lawyer. Barbara is dedicated to providing honest advice aimed at a fair resolution. She has assisted thousands of people in Minnesota with the various aspects of divorce, including establishing or opposing an award of spousal maintenance.
How is Spousal Maintenance Determined?
It is important to note that marital misconduct generally plays no role in spousal maintenance decisions in Minnesota as it is known as a no-fault state. Some of the factors that will be taken into consideration when establishing the spousal maintenance amount include:
- The lower earner’s need for support
- The higher earner’s ability to pay
- The disparity of incomes
- The length of the marriage
- The living expenses of each spouse
- The age of each spouse
- The education and employability of the spouse seeking maintenance
- The award of other marital assets
To learn more about how spousal maintenance is established and to find out how the law applies to your case, seek experienced legal counsel.
Strong Advocacy for Alimony Issues in Minnesota
To learn more about this sometimes complex area of divorce, call the Law Office of Barbara J. Gislason at 763-220-2983 or email the firm to arrange a consultation with an experienced Anoka County spousal maintenance attorney.