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Burnsville Spousal Maintenance Lawyers

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Spousal maintenance (also known as alimony or spousal support) is available in Minnesota if one of the parties doesn’t have enough income or property to support him or herself. If you are approaching the divorce process and have questions or concerns about your alimony determination, the dedicated legal professionals at Meinerts Law can help.

Contact our knowledgeable spousal maintenance attorneys in Burnsville for a consultation today. We're ready to help you navigate this process.

Understanding Spousal Maintenance in MN

Unlike child support, there is no formula for determining spousal maintenance. Instead, it is based on factors the court considers about the marriage itself and the ability of each individual spouse to support themselves.

These factors include:

  • Length of marriage
  • How long the recipient has been absent from the workforce
  • Opportunities the recipient may have given up during the marriage
  • How long it would take the recipient to be self-supportive
  • The ability of the higher-earning spouse to pay spousal maintenance
  • Temporary and Permanent Spousal Maintenance

There are two types of spousal maintenance in Minnesota:

  • Temporary or rehabilitative spousal maintenance is paid for a period of time until the recipient completes school or gets back into the workforce.
  • Permanent spousal maintenance is paid for the duration of the recipient’s life and is generally awarded to older dependent spouses who do not have the ability to become self-sufficient.

When ordered, spousal maintenance is tax-deductible for the payer and taxable income to the recipient. For more information on navigating your spousal maintenance determination in your divorce, contact our offices today.

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