Minneapolis Divorce Alimony Attorney

Divorce And Family Law Services For The Twin Cities Metro Area

Spousal support (alimony) in Minnesota is not determined by state guidelines statutes, the way child support is awarded. Laws regarding spousal maintenance give judges discretion when determining the reasons temporary support may be awarded. Permanent alimony is typically reserved only for cases of long-term marriage, when one spouse will be at a distinct financial disadvantage from loss of income.

If your pending Minnesota divorce in a Twin Cities area court will include issues related to spousal maintenance, turn to Dove Fretland, PLLP, for help. From our offices in St. Louis Park, our lawyers represent clients throughout the seven-county metro area. Call us at 952-479-4376 to arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced Minneapolis divorce alimony attorneys.

You may also use our convenient email contact form to describe your circumstances. We will reply as quickly as possible to arrange an initial case evaluation. We cannot give legal advice over the telephone.

Listed below are some of the factors considered by the judge in making a decision on whether to grant spousal support under Minnesota alimony laws:

  • Ongoing needs of each party
  • Current property and income of each party
  • Current and future earning potential of each party
  • Standard of living established during marriage
  • Age, physical and emotional condition of both parties
  • Length of the marriage
  • Existence of a premarital agreement or postnuptial agreement
  • Other factors that the courts find equitable and just

If the judge agrees to order spousal maintenance, he/she will then determine how much support will be ordered and for how long.

There are generally four types of maintenance in the state of Minnesota:

  • Temporary: Support paid for a specified amount of time, giving the recipient time get back on track financially or obtain education or training necessary to return to the workforce
  • Permanent: Payments continue until the spouse receiving support either dies or remarries
  • Lump Sum: A one-time taxable or nontaxable payment. Under this approach, there is often careful consideration of the tax consequences.
  • Rehabilitative maintenance: Awarded in situations where one spouse may need to return to school in order to become self-sufficient. The maintenance is temporary but can be followed by a lower amount of permanent maintenance.

Contact An Experienced Minnetonka Spousal Maintenance Attorney

Senior partner Paul Dove has been listed in Who's Who in America. Senior partner Laura Fretland and Attorney Lori McLaughlin have each received recognition as Minnesota Super Lawyers in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. In addition, a number of our attorneys have received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV Preeminent* peer review rating.

Call us at 952-479-4376 or contact our offices by email to arrange an initial consultation. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and we can make evening and weekend appointments by special arrangement. We offer ample free parking at our office building in St. Louis Park.

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