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Determining Spousal Support Payments

Also known as spousal support or alimony, spousal maintenance is the amount of money that is paid from one spouse to the other during and after a divorce. Unlike child support that is set by established guidelines and calculated by a formula, judges in divorce cases have much more flexibility in awarding alimony as they see fit. However, they do have to consider a range of factors that may be argued for or against by an experienced alimony lawyer.

Get the help you need when dealing with alimony issues as part of your divorce. At the Woodbury, Minnesota, office of Kniess Law, LLC, our firm’s founding attorney Michelle M. Kniess is an aggressive and skilled advocate for our clients. Serving St. Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities communities, as well as the Hudson, Wisconsin, area, our firm is dedicated to helping clients understand and exercise their rights regarding permanent or temporary alimony payments.

What Judges Must Consider

When hearing a divorce case and making a determination about the amount of spousal support that is to be granted, judges must consider the below factors (among others):

  • The length of the marriage
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The income of each party during the marriage and separately
  • The age and health of the parties
  • The marital property each spouse is receiving through the divorce
  • The child-related obligations of each party

It is also important to know that there are additional factors considered, such as if one spouse was a homemaker and did not work during the course of the marriage. This spouse may need further education and job training before he or she can enter the workforce. Judges consider this, and the likelihood that the spouse will be successful in obtaining a job.

Judges do not have to be involved in all divorce and alimony matters. In certain situations, it may be beneficial and less acrimonious to attempt to work through issues outside of court. If an agreement can be reached between the two parties through mediation rather than arguing it in court, it may be easier on them and any children involved.

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To learn more about how alimony and spousal support matters may be handled in your specific situation, call our firm today at 651-393-9072 or contact us using our online form. We offer a free initial consultation, and respond to all emails and calls within 24 hours whenever possible.