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Experienced St. Cloud, MN Alimony Attorney Can Make a Big Difference in Spousal Maintenance Payments

Minnesota attorney Michael J. Michalski is committed to your case, no matter how complex

Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is money paid to support an ex-spouse. During a divorce, either spouse can ask for alimony. The court will not award spousal maintenance, however, unless there is a demonstrated need— in cases of disability, illness or lack of work experience outside the home, for example.

If your spouse earns significantly more than you do, you may be eligible for spousal maintenance. With your financial future at stake, you need a trusted spousal maintenance attorney such as Michael J. Michalski on your side.

Factors the court considers when determining alimony

Under Minnesota law, courts may consider the following factors when making decisions about spousal maintenance:

  • The requesting spouse’s age, education, health, work experience  and skills
  • The requesting spouse’s financial resources and those of the  spouse who would provide the maintenance
  • The time required for the requesting spouse to gain the training or  education necessary to find employment
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • Length of the marriage
  • A homemaker’s contribution to the marriage

Your spouse may be ordered to pay maintenance for a limited time while you go back to school or get other training. The court can order permanent alimony if it is unlikely that you’ll ever be able to support yourself.

Your attorney should make a claim for spousal maintenance immediately, because if you give up this claim at the start, it is extremely difficult to return to court to ask for alimony in the future. Your spousal support attorney may, however, ask that the court reserve judgment on the issue, which protects your right to request maintenance in the future.

To make sure you don’t jeopardize your claim for financial support, retain a knowledgeable divorce attorney. If you are looking for a divorce attorney or child support lawyer with experience, call the Michalski Law Office in St. Cloud, Minn.

Contact one of our Minnesota offices for a free initial consultation

At the Michalski Law Office, we will aggressively pursue your claim for spousal maintenance so you don’t have to worry about your financial future. We understand you, and we can help. With four locations and flexible evening and weekend appointments, we are committed to accommodating our clients. Call the Michalski Law Office at 320-200-1108 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.