The financial support paid to the ex-spouse is termed as Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota alimony law and is not awarded on the basis of faults during marriage like dating, infidelity or even abuse.
Trial courts in Minnesota can decide upon the amount and the duration of the alimony to be awarded.
No precise percentage guidelines exist for determining the spousal support and so it is an important issue in the divorce cases.
During the proceedings:
During the proceedings, the judge considers several factors and then determines the Maintenance.
The support is awarded to a spouse who can explain him/herself as
- Lacking sufficient property to establish living standards.
- A custodian of a child and needs to stay away from work.
After considering all the factors the court may award, reserve or deny spousal maintenance.