St. Paul Alimony Lawyer
Spousal maintenance is designed to ensure that when a marriage ends, both partners can maintain a standard of living that is somewhat similar to what existed before the divorce. When there is a disparity of income, the court may choose to award spousal maintenance to the party with the lower income. Spousal support is not a punitive measure.
Unlike child support, which is based on a strict and straightforward formula, spousal maintenance is set on a case-by-case basis. A family court judge has full discretion to evaluate the needs of the parties, the ability of one party to pay and a number of other factors. When determining the type and amount of spousal maintenance that should be awarded (if any), the judge may consider factors such as:
- The length of the marriage
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The age and health of both parties
- The income and living expenses of each party
- The education or employability of the party seeking support
Minneapolis Spousal Support And Maintenance Attorney
At the law office of Janet L. Goehle, Attorney at Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota, I take a similar approach to settling spousal support matters as I do with child custody and parenting time issues: The more common ground you are able to find with your spouse, the more control you maintain throughout the process.
The court can award either temporary or permanent spousal maintenance. Temporary support provides one party with the financial support necessary to maintain living expenses while pursuing the education or work experience necessary to become self-sustaining. Permanent spousal support is usually only awarded in longer marriages.
As an experienced Minnesota family law lawyer, I help you minimize the unpredictable world of spousal support by reaching agreements through honest communication and compromise. I can also help you obtain alimony modifications when changes impact the amount of support that is necessary.
If you have questions about spousal support, you can meet with me in a free initial consultation. Call 651-243-6005 locally or toll-free at 800-598-6990, or email my office to schedule an appointment with an experienced St. Paul alimony attorney.