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Minnesota Spousal Support Attorney in Prior Lake

Ensuring fair treatment in alimony/maintenance disputes

Minnesota family law judges have wide latitude in deciding how much, if any, spousal maintenance (alimony) to award in a divorce. So, it is vital that the judge have complete and accurate information and a clear picture of the parties’ financial situations.

Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC presents a sound case for fair spousal support awards in south-metro Minneapolis-St. Paul. We thoroughly review the finances of both parties to ensure no assets or income sources have been hidden.

Enforcement and modification of orders for spousal maintenance/alimony in Minnesota

Once a court awards spousal maintenance, the amount awarded must be paid. When it is not, Jodi See vigorously pursues payment through garnishments, contempt actions and bank account levies.

We also seek modification of court-ordered support when circumstances change, including when one of the parties obtains a new job, suffers a business failure, retires or becomes disabled. Spousal support is often sought at the same time as child support.

Factors considered in determining spousal maintenance/alimony

A court may award spousal maintenance /alimony if it finds:

  • The requesting spouse lacks sufficient income or assets to provide for his or her reasonable needs
  • The requesting spouse is unable to support himself or herself through appropriate employment or is unable to work because of childcare obligations
  • The paying spouse can pay maintenance after meeting his or her own reasonable needs

Maintenance awards are common in divorce among older couples, especially when the education level and earning capacity of one spouse far exceeds that of the other.

The court also decides how long spousal support is to be paid — for a short, fixed period or indefinitely. It will consider many factors including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The parties’ ages
  • The financial resources of the party seeking support
  • The time required to train, educate or employ the requesting spouse
  • The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
  • The paying spouse’s ability to meet his or her needs while paying maintenance

Count on a dedicated family law attorney in Scott County, MN

Get help with alimony issues from an accomplished south-metro spousal maintenance attorney. Contact Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC for a free consultation.

From our office in Prior Lake, we serve clients in the Minneapolis-St. Paul south-metro area, including Scott, Dakota, Carver, LeSueur, Ramsey and Hennepin counties in Minnesota.