Spouses who earn substantially more or less than the other often feel very vulnerable as they approach a divorce. Divorcing spouses often face financial challenges when one household suddenly becomes two. It is not unusual to worry about whether you will have enough money to make ends meet after your divorce.
At Bloch & Whitehouse, P.A., we help clients determine whether spousal maintenance is appropriate under their circumstances and, if so, work hard to fashion a reasonable spousal maintenance award. Our lawyers will give you the personal attention you deserve, and tailor a legal approach to suit your unique needs and goals.
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At Bloch & Whitehouse, P.A., we help clients establish spousal maintenance arrangements that are fair and reflect the financial realities of both spouses. When determining a spousal maintenance arrangement, there are many factors to take into consideration, including but not limited to the income, earning potential and reasonable expenses of both spouses as well as the length of the marriage.
The amount and duration of a spousal maintenance award varies widely based on those factors. In some cases, spousal maintenance is not appropriate. In cases where it is appropriate, spousal maintenance can vary widely from a small amount over a short period of time (temporary or rehabilitative spousal maintenance) to a substantial payment until the recipient spouse dies or remarries (permanent spousal maintenance).
In some cases, a vocational evaluation may be necessary in order to determine the employable skills of a spouse and the subsequent need for maintenance or alimony. In general, modifications can be made to support awards, however, the parties can stipulate that there will be no future modification to the award, this stipulation is commonly known as a “Karon waiver”.
Our attorneys have many dispute resolution tools at their disposal. We can help you reach fair and reasonable solutions through a settlement-oriented approach, collaborative law or mediation. These methods are typically less costly and less time consuming than traditional litigation. However, if these methods do not yield a result that satisfies you, we are fully prepared to fight in court on your behalf.
If you are struggling with a spousal maintenance (alimony) dispute, we can help you achieve a favorable resolution. Contact us online or by telephone at 952-224-9977 to speak with an experienced Minnesota divorce lawyer. We represent men and women from Minneapolis, St. Paul and throughout the Twin Cities metro area. For your convenience, we offer free initial consultations and accept Visa and MasterCard.