Spousal support, sometimes also referred to maintenance or alimony, is money (usually monthly payments) given from one spouse to the other to allow both spouses to continue to maintain the marital standard of living if possible. Spousal support is not awarded in all divorces and there is no rule that favors women or men as far as who should pay spousal support and who should receive support.
Spousal support is awarded based on income and earning potential. It is assumed every person is capable of working 40 hours a week unless there is some disability which prevents a person from working. Courts have a great deal of discretion in deciding whether to award maintenance and how much.
There have been shifts in the Minnesota Court of Appeals cases that provide guidance to courts when determining spousal maintenance. The trend has shifted over the years like a pendulum with periods of the court limiting cases where spousal maintenance would be awarded and periods of more generous awards of support.
Divorce attorney Christine Callahan, of Callahan Law, LLC, offers spousal support attorney services throughout Minnesota, with an emphasis on the communities southwest of Minneapolis, including Carver County, Hennepin County and Scott County, as well as localities from Chanhassen to Chaska, Victoria and Waconia.
We invite you to contact Callahan Law, LLC online, or to call our Chanhassen office at 952-975-9961 to schedule a free initial consultation. We look forward to working with you.