Spousal Maintenance

Minneapolis Spousal Maintenance Lawyer

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is either a temporary or permanent payment made by one spouse to the other during and after the divorce process. The purpose is to help the financially-disadvantaged spouse meet his or her living expenses. It is usually made on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. 

Spousal maintenance is not automatic in a Minnesota divorce. The court must determine that it is genuinely needed by the spouse requesting it. Whereas child support is determined by a more objective guideline system, an award of maintenance is more subjective. Because of its subjectivity, it is a frequent area of dispute and litigation. 

If you need to seek or contest spousal maintenance, you can turn to Sobol Family Law for effective representation. Brian L. Sobol is extremely experienced in arguing both for and against significant maintenance awards, both as to their amount and duration. He is adept at determining the key factors in maintenance disputes and has decades of practice in negotiation, mediation, and litigation in these matters.

Schedule a free initial consultation with Brian as a Minneapolis spousal maintenance attorney to discuss your case. You can reach Sobol Family Law by email or by phone at (866) 484-4079

What Factors Determine Minnesota Spousal Maintenance?

The key factors in determining this issue include: 

  • The marital standard of living presented to the court in the form of a well-supported budget
  • An accurate breakdown of each spouse’s true income and income potential; this must include the requesting spouse’s capacity for meeting his/her needs independently
  • What each spouse contributed to the marriage, including asset/property contributions, contributions as a homemaker and child caretaker, and contributions to a working spouse’s education, training, employment, or business
  • How child custody and child support impact the decision
  • Whether the requesting spouse needs the time and resources to become self-supporting through training, education, or job experience
  • The ability of the supporting spouse to pay
  • The ages, health, and emotional conditions of both spouses

Under Minnesota law, the court may grant an award of spousal maintenance after reviewing all relevant circumstances. 

Amount & Duration of Spousal Maintenance

The amount and duration of spousal maintenance will be decided by the court. This issue will boil down to the requesting party’s reasonable needs based on the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage and his or her ability to meet those needs balanced against the other party’s ability to support himself/herself while still paying this maintenance. 

Award-Winning Representation
Brian is the only lawyer so ranked in Minnesota who is also a diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a by-invitation only group of 100 of the top family trial lawyers in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an equally select group of the top family lawyers in the nation. Get his experience on your side today.


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Experienced Counsel at Sobol Family Law

An experienced family lawyer like Brian is crucial in assuring that maintenance recipients receive a fair and equitable amount or that supporting spouses do not pay too much. Several factors are crucial to presenting and defending a maintenance claim.

For example, you must present an accurate budget. Brian is extremely methodical in analyzing bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements, business records, and patterns of spending. This is done to ensure that financial accuracy is presented to the court that fairly represents the marital standard of living.

Equally important is an analysis of both parties’ incomes and income potentials. This will also require analysis of pay stubs, tax returns, self-employment business records, banking records, and earning history. For a spouse who is unemployed or underemployed, Brian may sometimes retain an outside vocational evaluator to determine earning capacity. 

Brian’s extensive experience in these financial matters includes a leading case involving the earning capacity of a spouse seeking maintenance after a lengthy absence from the job market. 

Modifications of Spousal Maintenance

Post-decree modifications of spousal maintenance may be sought by either spouse should you experience a significant change in your life or financial circumstances. Examples of such changes could include job loss, a reduction in wages, small business or self-employment failure, serious illness or injury, or the supported ex-spouse’s cohabitation with a romantic partner. 

Brian can assist you with all matters related to Minnesota spousal maintenance in Minneapolis and the surrounding counties of Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Scott, and Carver. 

Contact Brian for a more detailed discussion of spousal maintenance as it applies to the facts of your life. Phone Sobol Family Law at (866) 484-4079.