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Minnesota Divorce Alimony


Like the other states the Minnesota court considers some factors while awarding alimony. There are two main conditions under which the judge of the court decides whether to the alimony is to be paid or not. In case the spouse lacks sufficient amount of property assets to support his or her living or the uneven distribution of the marital property the decision of Minnesota divorce alimony can be considered. The alimony is also awarded if the receiving spouse is unable to continue with the same standard of living as that he or she used to enjoy before the divorce. The following are the various guidelines mentioned in 518.552 of the Minnesota Statutes that are taken into account while making the decision on granting alimony.
  • The financial resources available with both the spouses. The court keeps a note on how far the spouses are eligible to support themselves and the other spouse in case one of them is incapable of meeting up the his or her own living expenses. Even the amount of child support awarded to the parent with the right on child custody is also to be considered by the court.
  • The age of the party seeking the alimony is another determinant for granting Minnesota divorce alimony. If the spouse asking for the alimony is found to be at a young age, he or she is awarded with a rehabilitative form of alimony so that the spouse can be supported till he or she is able to develop marketable skills and get employed in a job of good payment. A very aged spouse is generally awarded with a permanent form of alimony if the court finds that he or she is unable to manage the living expenses alone and also do not have the capacity to get himself or herself employed.
  • The length of the marriage and the contribution made by the alimony seeking spouse for the welfare of the family during the marriage life are also taken under consideration. If the spouse is found to have sacrificed his or her career opportunities on the process of making himself or herself eligible for home making, the court considers the spouse to be awarded with Minnesota divorce alimony.
  • The educational background, absence from job, seniority in the job profile and retirement benefits are the various factors that are important for deciding on alimony.
The amount and duration of the payment of the divorce alimony also depends upon the spouse who is entitled to pay the alimony. Unless there is any written note on the specific time period for the payment of alimony, the alimony gets terminated only if either of the spouses dies or the receiving spouse remarries or cohabits with another partner.


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