Alimony requires one spouse to make regular payments for the support and maintenance of the other. Maintenance is often referred to as an award because a judge decides whether a spouse will receive it.
Spousal support in Minnesota is a complicated legal process that warrants hiring a lawyer. A family law attorney will be able to help you calculate support payments and prepare any forms needed by the court. Your lawyer will explain the terms of the court order to you and ensure that you receive a fair amount of money for a fair amount of time. There will be tax implications to consider, whether you are the one paying the support or receiving it, which your attorney can advise you of as well. One party may ask for maintenance, but a court may deny or reserve the award. A court will look at several factors to determine whether spousal maintenance is appropriate, including:
Maintenance payments may be temporary or permanent and can be modified after the divorce is final. However, it is much easier to create a maintenance plan in the divorce decree that will work for both parties than it is to return to court after a divorce is finalized. Because the decision to grant support–and how much support–is left to a judge, an attorney is an invaluable advocate for your position. The attorneys at Brockton D. Hunter have assisted many clients with spousal maintenance and look forward to assisting you with your unique case.