Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) and the Imputation of Income

Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) and the Imputation of Income

During a divorce proceeding, and once a divorce is finalized, the court may order that one spouse pay alimony, or what Minnesota refers to as spousal maintenance, to the other spouse.  The primary reason for spousal maintenance is to provide cash flow to a spouse…

Congrats on Your Engagement: Where’s the Prenup?

Congrats on Your Engagement: Where’s the Prenup?

The holiday season is the busiest time of year. Families are getting together, shopping, and eating to celebrate life, love, and happiness. It is one of the busiest engagement seasons of the year (maybe tied with Valentine’s Day). Whether you get caught up in a…

Spousal Maintenance Trends in Minnesota Divorce and the Spolum vs. D’Amato decision.

The August 17, 2015 decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Spolum vs. D’Amato reversed the district court’s award of permanent spousal maintenance, and remanded for a determination of the appropriate level of maintenance in conformity with the opinion by the Court.  In Minnesota,…

Minnesota Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) Trends in Family Court

In Minnesota, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) is based upon need.  Equalizing monthly cash flow (or available income) is not required by Minnesota Statue 518.552.  In the June 22, 2015 unpublished decision in Curtis v. Curtis, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the Trial…