Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota
Divorces and separations often times will bring up the options of financial support between former spouses. While not necessarily required, Spousal Maintenance can be a great way for a person to remain financially stable in the event of a divorce.
What is Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota?
Spousal maintenance, sometimes referred to as alimony, is when one former spouse uses part of their earnings to support the other former spouse. The spouse with the lesser income is typically the one who is awarded this payment. This can either be temporary or permanent and it can be changed or terminated in the future.
Who qualifies for Spousal Maintenance?
Often the former spouse that was considered the homemaker during the marriage is the one who may be awarded this type of payment. One spouse may have been providing the family income while the other stayed home to take care of the household, so when a divorce is filed, the homemaker may need some support until they can start earning their own income.
What factors are considered for Spousal Maintenance?
There are some things that are taken into consideration when awarding a spousal maintenance payment while going through a divorce or separation. This includes the standard of living for both parties during marriage, the length of the marriage, and the contributions of the homemaker during the marriage.
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