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.
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, Joseph E. Marvin, 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. Mr. Marvin 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.
Are You Entitled To Alimony?
Courts take into account a variety of factors when considering whether to award alimony in divorce and determining its amount. Situations where a divorcing spouse may be entitled to alimony include:
- The couple was married for 32 years and one spouse was the primary homemaker and parent. They lack current job skills and experience.
- One spouse has a disability that makes earning a living impossible. They depended on their spouse for income during the marriage.
- The couple had a high standard of living during the marriage that one spouse cannot maintain on their own.
Generally speaking, alimony is more commonly awarded when there is a large financial discrepancy between spouses or when one spouse is unable to support themselves financially.
Permanent Vs. Temporary Alimony
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. Permanent alimony is more likely when the spouse seeking support has health problems or similar issues that make self-sufficiency impossible. 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.
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Contact us today to arrange a consultation with attorney Joe Marvin. Based in downtown Anoka, Minnesota, we represent clients throughout the county, including And over, Blaine and Lino Lakes.