Spousal Support in Divorce
Let an Anoka County Divorce Lawyer Help
One concern among both parties of a divorcing couple will likely be the financial situation in which they will each find themselves once the divorce has been finalized. It is not uncommon for a couple to become accustomed to living under the means of two incomes; sometimes, one spouse is completely dependent on the income of the other because some couples deliberately arrange for one to work and one to remain at home. In any case, a divorce stands to dramatically alter the financial means of one or both parties of a splitting couple and sometimes one spouse will require financial support in order to maintain a reasonably comfortable lifestyle in the aftermath of a divorce in Minnesota.
How does the court make a decision about spousal support?
Under the guidance of an Anoka County divorce attorney, you can approach your divorce case with confidence that all matters involved in the process will be handled appropriately, from the filing of papers all the way to matters of spousal support. As you proceed through the process, the courts will review your case and determine whether or not support is necessary, and if so, what kind of support you should receive (or pay out, depending on which side of the financial fence you are sitting). State courts can award maintenance (i.e. spousal support) on either a temporary or permanent basis, depending on your specific needs. In order to determine if spousal support is needed in the wake of a divorce, the courts will look at the following factors:
- The financial resources of both parties, particularly that of the spouse requesting additional support
- The ability of the party seeking maintenance to obtain employment that can provide financial support (included in this part of the assessment will be a person's age, skillset, education, etc.)
- The length of the marriage and the standard of living that was established during the marriage
- The age and overall health of the person seeking maintenance
- The amount contributed to marital assets
- The amount that the spouse seeking maintenance stands to lose in a divorce, i.e. earnings, seniority benefits, etc.
Spousal Support Attorney in Anoka County
In Minnesota, there may be no better firm to turn to for the help you need after a divorce than that of Brevik Law. Here, an associate from our firm will diligently set to work in the representation of your case, paying particular attention to the issues that matter most to you. In cases of spousal support, we are here to make sure that you receive the financial means necessary to comfortably live your life after legally separating or divorcing from your spouse. We are also prepared to help make sure that you are not asked to pay more than you can afford if it has been deemed necessary for you to make spousal support payments to your ex. In both directions, we have the experience it takes to adequately represent cases of spousal support in the counties of Minnesota and we are ready to put our skills and knowledge to work for you. Don't hesitate to contact an Anoka County spousal support lawyer about your case.