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Can You Modify Alimony Arrangements?

Alimony (called spousal maintenance in Minnesota) arrangements are common when there is a significant gap in earning capacity between divorcing spouses. The divorce decree will contain information specific to spousal maintenance that defines how much will be paid and when those payments will be due each month. It will also define how long spousal maintenance Read More

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Can You Get Alimony/Spousal Maintenance After a Divorce is Finalized?

During your divorce, the court may award you alimony (called spousal maintenance in Minnesota), which you would begin receiving in monthly installments at such time the court issues an order for spousal maintenance. This spousal maintenance arrangement may be permanent or temporary, depending on the circumstances of your marriage and divorce. When the divorce is Read More

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How to Get Your Alimony Payment Responsibilities Reduced

After your divorce, you may be required to pay alimony to your former spouse. Alimony, also referred to as spousal maintenance, is usually awarded in cases where one party would need additional funds to be able to maintain a similar quality of life after the divorce is finalized. The order may say when the payments Read More

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The Financial Impact of a Divorce

The financial costs associated with a divorce can quickly become substantial, especially if there is a lot of courtroom litigation involved. Some experts estimate a contested divorce involving a significant amount of litigation can cost upwards of $50,000, although most divorces are significantly less expensive. In general, settling a divorce through mediation is more likely Read More

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Are You Obligated to Make Spousal Maintenance Payments if Your Ex Remarries?

When a couple splits up, sometimes one party is ordered to pay spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony) to the other. Spousal maintenance is a form of spousal support meant to address financial inequalities between the couple or compensate a spouse for his or her contributions during the marriage. Although spousal maintenance payments are not uncommon Read More

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Modifying Spousal Maintenance Orders

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 Read More

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When Your Ex Fails to Pay Spousal Maintenance

In some cases, even after a court orders spousal maintenance, the paying spouse fails or refuses to pay. In the event that you find yourself in such a situation, what are your options? First of all, it is important to understand that since spousal maintenance is court-ordered, a failure to pay is a direct violation Read More

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Factors Considered in Determining Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

Spousal maintenance, also commonly referred to as alimony, is a tool used by the courts to ensure that divorce does not leave either spouse financially destitute and helps maintain the standard of living established during the marriage. In most cases, spousal maintenance is awarded based on the need of the party seeking the support and Read More

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