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Minnesota Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Minnesota the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the District Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court will either award maintenance on a temporary or permanent basis, as the court deems just, without considering marital misconduct, and after considering the following economic factors: (a) the financial resources of the party who desires maintenance (b) training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment, and the probability, given the party’s age and skills, of completing education or training and becoming fully or partially self-supporting; (c) the standard of living established while married; (d) the length of the marriage (e) the loss of earnings, seniority, retirement benefits, and other employment opportunities forgone by the spouse seeking spousal maintenance; (f) the age, and health condition of the spouse who desires maintenance; (g) the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance; and (h) the contribution of each party in the acquisition of the marital assets. (Minnesota Statutes - Chapters: 518.551, 518.552)

You can also read more about Minnesota spousal support in the Minnesota state statutes located at: http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/.