When you divorce, many things change. Your financial situation is one aspect of your life that must be sorted through and divided equitably. In addition to the division of joint property, assets and debts, you may also need to consider spousal maintenance for your case. Spousal maintenance is also known as alimony, and it is the income or financial support that is legally granted by the courts from one spouse to the other. Lesa Koski is a Minnesota divorce mediator who can help divorcing couples resolve many difficult issues including the determination of spousal maintenance payments.
Types of Spousal Maintenance in MN
The court generally recognizes two different types of spousal maintenance, temporary and indefinite. When temporary spousal maintenance is granted, one spouse pays the other a fixed amount of financial support over a specific period of time. Generally, this gives the spouse that needs the support enough time to complete training or obtain the education required to get a job and support themselves. Indefinite spousal support is paid from one spouse to the other until the other party remarries or another significant life change occurs. To arrive at the appropriate amount of spousal maintenance that is appropriate in your case, the following factors are considered:
- How many years you were married
- Income and potential earnings
- Age of both parties
- Lifestyle that the couple is used to living
- Value of the property that will be divided between the two parties
- Any unique issues (did one party give up their career to raise children)
Using Mediation to Resolve Spousal Maintenance Issues
When Lesa Koski works with you on a divorce settlement, she builds trust and facilitates open and honest discussion about the issues at hand so that you can arrive at a mutually beneficial solution related to spousal maintenance, child support, division of property or even child custody matters. These topics can be heated and difficult and mediation offers you the opportunity to resolve them with less conflict and less stress so that you can move forward with your life more quickly. Mediation can reduce conflict and encourage cooperation. Lesa Koski will work with you to help you find the peace and calm that you are looking for.
If you live in Minnesota and are headed into a divorce and would like more information about how mediation can help you resolve such issues as spousal maintenance, call Lesa Koski at 651-214-5057 to schedule a time for a free consultation.