Divorce is unsettling and difficult for many reasons. Your life has been intertwined with your spouse for many years. Your finances are a good example – you and your spouse may have had an understanding during your marriage that one of you would work while the other would focus on the home (and/or perhaps the children). You may be concerned about how you will live independently after divorce – without having been in the job market for a significant period of time. In the state of Minnesota, the law recognizes the right to seek spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony) when one member of the couple lacks income to meet their needs after a divorce is final. Lesa Koski is a mediator based in Stillwater, MN, who can help you navigate this important issue.
How is Spousal Maintenance Determined?
Spousal maintenance is one of the most complicated issues to settle in a divorce as the parties may have different views on what is fair and necessary. Spousal maintenance can be awarded permanently (indefinite) or on a temporary basis, depending on the specific issues in the case. A permanent award of support is awarded in the same amount, paid monthly, for an indefinite period of time. Temporary spousal support is paid monthly for a specific period of time. At the end of that time, the party can request an extension. Factors that often impact spousal maintenance include the length of the marriage, earnings, age, health, lifestyle, property division and any unique circumstances specific to your family.
Mediation is an ideal tool for settling the issue of spousal maintenance, because it gives both parties control over the outcome. Mediation allows you and your divorcing spouse to find a resolution based on your own ideas of what is fair in your unique situation, rather than having a solution imposed upon you by the court system.
Spousal Maintenance Mediation Stillwater, MN
Lesa Koski can help you and your soon to be ex-spouse find a solution to the issue of spousal maintenance. She focuses helping you find common ground and understanding the other party’s perspective. Her excellent communication skills and ability to connect with her clients foster an environment where you and your spouse can have a positive and productive discussion about spousal maintenance. Mediation is less expensive and takes less time than a court battle and can set the tone for future discussions that may come up after a divorce is final.
Fore more information about working with Lesa Koski to develop a fair and reasonable plan for spousal maintenance related to your divorce, call her today at 651-214-5057.