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When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in Minnesota?

A Minnesota Court may order one party to pay alimony to the other if the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property, including marital property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for his or her reasonable needs.. In determining the amount and duration of alimony, the court may consider: (a) the financial resources of the party seeking maintenance including the amount of marital property awarded to the party and the party's ability to meet needs independently; (b) the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment, and the probability, given the party's age and skills, of completing education or training and becoming fully or partially self-supporting; (c) the standard of living established during the marriage; (d) the duration of the marriage and, in the case of a homemaker, the length of absence from employment and the extent to which any education, skills, or experience have become outmoded and earning capacity has become permanently diminished; (e) the loss of earnings, seniority, retirement benefits, and other employment opportunities forgone by the spouse seeking spousal maintenance; (f) the age, and the physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking maintenance; (g) the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance; and (h) the contribution of each party in the acquisition, preservation, depreciation, or appreciation in the amount or value of the marital property, as well as the contribution of a spouse as a homemaker or in furtherance of the other party's employment or business. (Minnesota Statutes, Section 518.552)

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