Alimony (called “spousal maintenance” in Minnesota) is paid by the spouse with the higher income or greater number of assets to the other spouse.
Spousal maintenance can be permanent (generally for longer-term marriages where the parties incomes are disparate) or temporary (generally where one party just needs time to obtain an education or job skills, or find adequate employment). There is no calculator for the court to use to determine spousal maintenance like there is for child support. When considering whether to award spousal maintenance and, if so, how much, the court considers the factors set forth in Minn. Stat. Ann. Section 518.522.
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