Issues such as child custody, child support and spousal maintenance are resolved in a divorce proceeding. However, the court understands that as you and your ex move on with your life, some of these issues may need to be revisited.
Spousal maintenance is typically awarded when a marriage has lasted a sufficient duration, when there is a need for support from one party and when the other party has the ability to pay support. In Minnesota, an obligee (the maintenance receiving spouse) may be awarded temporary or permanent spousal maintenance.
However, each one of these types of spousal support is subject to modification under certain circumstances, even so-called permanent maintenance. Following is some basic information on how to seek a modification of an existing spousal maintenance order in Minnesota:
After reviewing your reasons for wanting a modification and the evidence to support such a request, the judge makes a decision. Prior to seeking a modification, however, you should first consult with a knowledgeable divorce attorney in Minnesota.
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