Category Archives: Spousal Maintenance

What to look forward to at mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods

September 8, 2016

There are other ways of coming to agreements with your ex-spouse outside of court intervention. In Minnesota, parties can choose from a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution options. The most common three are social early neutral evaluations (“SENE”), financial early neutral evaluations (“FENE”), and mediations (facilitative or evaluative). SENE SENEs, or Custody and Parenting

Minnesota’s Newest Spousal Maintenance Law: The End of the Seven-Year Engagement?

June 13, 2016

Most people know that spousal maintenance starts following a divorce, but when does it end? In Minnesota, most spousal maintenance awards are established for a term of years, and a spouse’s obligation to pay spousal maintenance ends when that term of years expires. (For a brief explanation regarding the basics of spousal maintenance laws in

Cohabitation and Spousal Maintenance

June 10, 2016

If you receive spousal maintenance and are considering moving in with a new love interest, there is a new law on the books to consider first. This new law, signed by Governor Mark Dayton on May 19, 2016 and effective August 1, 2016, amends Minn. Stat. 518.552 to provide that spousal maintenance may be modified

Spousal Maintenance: Why, How Much, And For How Long?

May 20, 2016

In family law, the issue of spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) is one in which judicial officers have significant discretion, and as a result, it is also one of the issues in family law in which parties face the most uncertainty. Clients who are commencing a dissolution proceeding often have many questions regarding spousal

Finding the right family attorney for you: what to look for and what should be at the top of your list

January 28, 2016

By: Associate Attorney, Alison Grafsgaard, Esq. Over two million Americans get divorced every year, many of whom have never stepped foot in a courtroom or been involved in litigation. This hurdle, coupled with high emotion inaugurates an interesting and complex relationship between an attorney and his or her client. Building a cooperative relationship from the outset

MN CLE: Handling Your First Minnesota Divorce Case

June 3, 2014

Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC Partners Zachary A. Kretchmer and Scott M. Rodman co-chaired a presentation of “Handling Your First Minnesota Divorce Case,” a course for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education program at the CLE Conference Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014. The course gives a general overview of the

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