Understanding Spousal Maintenance/Alimony

Spousal maintenance, also called alimony, is an important part of divorce. In Minnesota, alimony is not mandatory in every case. Instead, it is awarded on a case-by-case basis.

How Alimony Is Awarded

Courts take into account a variety of factors when considering whether to award alimony in divorce and determining its amount. These factors include:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The financial resources and earning capacities of both spouses
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The age and health of both spouses
  • The final determination of property division

Alimony is more commonly awarded when there is a large financial discrepancy between spouses or when one spouse suffers from serious health issues.

Alimony is not necessarily permanent. It can be awarded on a temporary or lump sum basis. The court can also award alimony to help one spouse get back on his or her feet and achieve financial independence. All types of alimony awards, including temporary support, give rise to important tax considerations that should be explored with the help of professional legal assistance.

We Have More Than 30 Years Experience Handling Alimony Cases

At Marvin Law Office, L.L.C., in Anoka County, our alimony lawyer has more than 30 years of experience protecting the rights of clients in family law cases. Our firm represents both clients seeking alimony as well as those striving to defend against an alimony request. We also handle modifications and enforcement of alimony orders.

At our firm, you can expect to receive practical and realistic advice. Our attorney takes a common sense approach toward tackling tough legal issues. We understand the financial and emotional toll of divorce, and we strive to minimize that toll in any way possible. To that end, we provide efficient, cost-effective services. Our attorney can skillfully stand up for your rights and help you accomplish your goals both through vigorous out-of-court negotiation as well as aggressive advocacy in the courtroom, if needed.

Contact An Anoka Spousal Maintenance Attorney | Free Consultation

Take the first step toward protecting your rights. Find out if you are entitled to spousal support or how to fight an award.

Contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation with attorney Joe Marvin. Based in downtown Anoka, Minnesota, we represent clients throughout the county, including And over, Blaine and Lino Lakes.

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