Minnesota Spousal Maintenance
and  Alimony Lawyers

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is generally defined as financial assistance given from one spouse to another after the marriage has dissolved. Issues surrounding Spousal Maintenance can often be among the most litigated in a divorce. Depending upon the circumstances of your marriage, you or your spouse may be eligible to collect alimony. The attorneys at Arnold, Rodman & O’Keefe PA are experienced and knowledgeable in handling alimony claims and determining spousal maintenance awards.

The goal of spousal maintenance is to allow the lower income spouse to maintain a similar standard of living that they experienced during the marriage, while keeping in mind that the parties now have to support two households instead of one. However, the court must consider the facts of the case to determine whether it is fair for the higher income spouse to support the lower income spouse at a certain standard of living, and if so, for how long. Our attorney’s will work with you through each step of the process as you gather, analyze, and present your Spousal Maintenance claim so set realistic expectations and make informed decisions about your future.

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The court has considerable discretion in determining the amount and length of a spousal maintenance order in Minnesota. What happened in another case on similar facts may not happen in your case as the court may treat facts differently and may have a different outlook on the issue of spousal maintenance. Therefore, it is vital that your attorney make compelling arguments to increase the chance that the court will make a favorable decision in your case.

The Minneapolis attorneys at Arnold, Rodman & O'Keefe PA are experienced in pursuing and defending against modifications of spousal maintenance and can assist you in addressing your Minnesota spousal maintenance concerns.

Minnesota Spousal Maintenance

In Minnesota, the court may order one spouse to pay spousal maintenance (alimony) to the other spouse if it finds that the spouse seeking spousal maintenance:

  1. Lacks sufficient property, including marital property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for reasonable needs of the spouse considering the standard of living established during the marriage, especially, but not limited to, a period of training or education
  2. Is unable to provide adequate self-support, after considering the standard of living established during the marriage and all relevant circumstances, through appropriate employment.

In setting the amount and duration of the award, the court must consider:

  1. Financial resources of the parties
  2. Education, training, and time to enable appropriate employment
  3. Standard of living established during the marriage
  4. Duration of the marriage
  5. Loss of earnings, seniority, retirement benefits, and other employment opportunities foregone by the spouse seeking maintenance
  6. Age, physical and emotional condition of the parties
  7. Contribution of each party in the acquisition, preservation, depreciation, or appreciation in the amount or value of the marital property
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