In Minnesota, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) is based upon need. Equalizing monthly cash flow (or available income) is not required by Minnesota Statue 518.552. Unlike Child Support, Spousal Maintenance does not provide the parties with a formula to determine if (and for what duration of time) money should be paid to one spouse during Divorce proceedings (through a temporary order) or after a Divorce. Courts must use Minnesota Statute 518.552 to analyze and determine whether to award spousal maintenance to a spouse, and the factors addressed in this statute are often subject to various (and dissimilar) interpretations and outcomes. The whole process can be vexing and confusing to the parties.
Spousal Maintenance Is Discretionary (And Not Guaranteed)
Judges in Minnesota have discretion in awarding spousal maintenance, and the decision whether to award spousal maintenance is permissive. A vocational assessment of the spouse requesting spousal maintenance has become much more prominent as a result of the 2011 decision in Passolt v. Passolt.
Financial Experts and Spousal Maintenance
An experienced CPA can provide the parties with various financial scenarios based on income, tax rates, child support, asset division and rate of return on investments to present a picture of the post-decree financial positions of each party. Many times, a party will use their own CPA to run financial schedules and scenarios.
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