In many states, long-term alimony, especially after a lengthy marriage ends, is practically a given. But in Minnesota, the opposite is true. Spousal support is only available in limited situations, and it must be the absolute minimum needed to ensure self-sufficiency for the obligation (person receiving support). So, both parties need strong representation from an aggressive Brainerd spousal maintenance lawyer.

At Carlson & Jones, our professional team works hard to find long lasting and cost-effective solutions for you and your family. Throughout the process, we always proactively communicate with you, so you can make the best possible decisions. This simple and straightforward approach usually produces results which exceed our clients’ expectations.

Amount and Duration of Payments

If the Crow Wing County judge determines that alimony is appropriate, the judge uses a number of factors to determine the amount and duration of payments, such as:

  • Obligee’s financial need (as opposed to financial desire),
  • Obligor’s ability to pay (as opposed to willingness to pay),
  • Length of the marriage,
  • Custody of minor children,
  • Standard of living during the marriage, and
  • Non Economic contributions to the relationship.

These factors are quite subjective. Unless a Brainerd spousal maintenance lawyer speaks on your behalf, your financial and legal rights are at risk.

Several different types of alimony are available. Temporary alimony helps obligees meet divorce-related expenses, rehabilitative alimony helps obligees achieve economic self-sufficiency, and permanent alimony equalizes the standard of living between the former spouses.

Subsequent Modifications

Much like child support and other family support obligations, changing economic or emotional circumstances might necessitate a spousal support modification.

Financial circumstances almost always change. If the change is significant, alimony payments should be adjusted accordingly.

In terms of emotional circumstances, largely the obligee’s remarriage, the law in this area changed significantly in 2016. Obligors must wait at least a year before asking for a remarriage-based termination. Additionally, “remarriage” is broadly defined to include long-term relationships which involve shared financial resources.

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Spousal support obligations should always accurately reflect a specific family’s financial profile. The fact is that there is no one-size-fits-all formula to determine the amount one spouse should pay the other for spousal maintenance. Numerous factors come into play and all of these must be considered before deciding on the amount and duration of a maintenance award. It is, therefore, a good idea to hire a seasoned attorney to protect your interests. For a free consultation with an experienced Brainerd spousal maintenance lawyer, contact Carlson & Jones, P.A. at (218) 736-9429. We routinely handle matters in Crow Wing County and nearby jurisdictions.

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