Spousal maintenance or support, also called alimony, is often one of the most contentious and complex issues left to deal with after a divorce. Whether you are seeking alimony or wish to avoid paying it, Kimberly T. Walker Law Office in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, can help you protect your interests.
Why can we help you? Because we commit ourselves to producing solutions for our clients, not more conflict. We can deliver on this commitment because our firm’s founding lawyer holds nearly 20 years of experience in successfully resolving even the most complicated spousal support disputes. As a result of her experience, we can deliver the seasoned legal judgment you need to move your case forward and resolve these matters effectively.
How Are Alimony Amounts Determined?
Alimony is designed to ensure that a spouse will not suffer unduly as a result of their divorce. Unlike child support, courts have much more leeway in making decisions. Courts in Minnesota consider a number of factors to determine how much, if any, alimony should be provided to a spouse. These factors include:
- The length of the marriage
- Standard of living
- Income of each party
- Needs of each spouse
Minnesota Has Four Options For Alimony
In Minnesota, if alimony is granted by the courts, it can take on four different methods:
- Permanent: Continues until the spouse receiving support dies or is re-married.
- One-time payment: A one-time lump sum awarded to a spouse.
- Temporary: Lasts for a specified amount of time or until a spouse is able to get back on his or her feet financially.
- Rehabilitative: One spouse helps another financially until the dependent spouse can become self-supporting. Usually involves a spouse attending school or job training.
It is never too late to make sure you have received a fair deal in an alimony agreement. Sometimes peoples’ financial and personal situations undergo significant change. When this occurs, we can help you with any modifications that are needed to craft an agreement that represents your current situation.
To discuss your alimony needs with an experienced lawyer, contact us today for a free initial consultation.