Search Site

What You Should Know About Alimony Before Divorce

If you are preparing for divorce, you may also have to plan for the prospect of alimony — whether it is paying or receiving it. If one spouse earns significantly more money than the other and you have been married for at least several years, it is possible a judge will order an alimony arrangement. In most cases, the payer will need to make these payments until:

  • The receiving spouse gets remarried
  • The death of either party
  • The payment period set by the judge expires
  • A judge determines the financial circumstances of one of the parties has changed in a significant way that warrants a change

The following are a few things you should know about alimony before your divorce:

Information for the payer

An alimony order is not a condemnation of you or your behavior during the marriage. Rather, it is part of what the court views as your marital responsibility after having entered a contract with your spouse on your wedding day. It is designed to help your former spouse maintain a reasonable standard of living after the divorce.

Your payments are legally protected. If you do not make your alimony payments, your spouse could seek to have you held in contempt of court or take other actions that could result in legal penalties.

Information for the recipient

Whether you qualify for alimony is determined mostly by your earning capacity, rather than by the amount you are earning at the time you go to court. Other major factors include your spouse’s earnings and your standard of living while you were married.

This concept of “earning capacity” is important. If you currently do not have a job, but are a qualified individual, you might receive less alimony than someone who works full time at a minimum-wage job and would require additional education or training to move up in their careers.

To learn more about how alimony works after a divorce, contact a knowledgeable Minnesota divorce lawyer with Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our Attorneys
Client testimonials
  • "Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.

  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties.Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


Contact us

Quick Contact Form