For many soon-to-be-divorcees, the alimony process is one of the most dreaded parts of a divorce. Spousal maintenance battles can be particularly contentious when both parties are estranged, or one party wants more (or less) alimony than the other believes is reasonable.
At Johnson/Turner Legal, our Minnesota alimony attorneys can help you navigate your case. All of our clients receive a team consisting of a veteran attorney, two paralegals, a client engagement specialist, and a life coach. Our team-based approach helps us ensure that you receive high-quality legal and emotional counsel throughout your case.
Additionally, with our flat-fee pricing model, you know up-front how much our services will cost you, so you never have to worry about hidden fees or unexpected costs. It's just one more way we put our clients first.
During a divorce, the court tries to ensure that all parties maintain the same quality of life post-divorce as they enjoyed during the marriage. This goal governs how the court handles various processes, including child support, property division, and alimony (also commonly called "spousal maintenance").
In a divorce, either party can file a petition to receive or pay alimony. The court considers the following factors when handling an alimony petition:
It's important to note that the court doesn't need to provide the final ruling in your alimony case. If you're on amicable or neutral terms with your soon-to-be-ex, you can work with a mediator to arrive at an alimony arrangement out of court. The court can then make your alimony arrangement part of the official divorce decree, finalizing it when the divorce is over.
There are three different kinds of alimony orders:
Your alimony attorney plays a key role in helping you file or refute a petition for alimony from a spouse. An experienced Minnesota alimony lawyer will advocate for your rights in the courtroom and help you prepare an airtight alimony petition. To prepare for your alimony petition, you should collect the following documents:
At Johnson/Turner Legal, our team can help you understand the alimony process and prepare for your alimony case.
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