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Spousal Maintenance

Serving Clients Throughout the South Metro and Across the Twin Cities

When a marriage ends in divorce, one household becomes two. This often leads to a situation in which one spouse suffers economically, because he or she was not the primary wage earner in the marriage. Spousal maintenance, also referred to as alimony, is designed to alleviate this problem.

If you are facing a legal issue relating to spousal maintenance, the attorneys at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. are here to offer experienced advice and advocacy. We have been serving the legal needs of families throughout the Twin Cities since 1986.

Spousal Maintenance/Alimony in Minnesota

The court takes a number of factors into consideration when determining what, if any, spousal maintenance should be provided, including the length of the marriage, the income of each spouse, the needs of each spouse and the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage.

In Minnesota, there are four general categories of spousal maintenance:

  • Permanent: Support that is paid until the receiving spouse dies or is remarried.
  • Temporary: Support that lasts for a set period of time. This might include support designed to help the receiving spouse obtain education and work skills that will make it possible for him or her to be more self-sufficient.
  • Lump sum: A one-time maintenance payment that typically is accompanied by a waiver of all future support payments.
  • Non-modifiable: Support that the parties agree will not change in amount or duration, no matter what happens.

Whether you were the primary wage earner in your marriage, or contributed to the household in other ways, it is important to protect your rights in regard to spousal maintenance. Our attorneys can guide you through the process of determining spousal maintenance and aggressively advocate on your behalf.

We also assist clients in the modification of spousal maintenance orders.

Contact Our Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Lawyers in Dakota County

If you need legal guidance or advocacy for a spousal maintenance/alimony matter in Minnesota, our attorneys are here for you. Contact us online or by telephone at 952-432-3136 or toll free at 800-595-5419 to arrange a consultation with one of our knowledgeable spousal maintenance attorneys in Apple Valley.