Alimony, or spousal maintenance as it is now referred to, are sums paid by one spouse to another during and/or after the dissolution of the marriage. Spousal maintenance is in the discretion of the Court. A decision on spousal maintenance is based primarily on whether one party has a financial need of support and whether the other party has the ability to pay spousal support. An award of spousal maintenance can be temporary or permanent, depending upon the various circumstances of the parties.
The Court will consider whether the party seeking spousal maintenance is unable to adequately provide for oneself through employment and whether they lack sufficient property to provide adequately for themselves. The Court will consider the standard of living established during the marriage if it is relevant and will certainly consider the ability of the other party to provide support. Whether a spousal maintenance award is made as well as the amount and duration of any spousal maintenance award depends upon the individual circumstances of each case and is in the discretion of the Court. The grounds for spousal maintenance and factors to be considered by the Court can be reviewed by clicking here.
If you have questions about spousal maintenance, please call an experienced Minnesota divorce lawyer at Felix Law Office, P.A. at 952-894-8380.