FairWell, The Path to a Better Divorce
Fighting for Spousal Support in the Twin Cities & Across MN
Are you considering getting a divorce from your spouse? Do the costs of litigating a divorce worry you? If so, there may be an alternative way to resolve the issues in your divorce case. At FairWell Family Law Mediation, our team of family law mediators has experience providing clients with cost-effective solutions to resolving your disputes—including issues involving alimony (otherwise known as spousal maintenance).
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows the parties to take control of their conflict with little or no court intervention or supervision. Mediation proceedings are more informal than traditional courtroom litigation. In mediation, the job of negotiating and discussing issues is guided by a neutral third party with family law experience—known as a mediator.
Through divorce mediation, the parties can minimize the expenses of their divorce by taking the reigns on significant issues, such as the provision of spousal support after divorce. Similarly, child custody mediation and child support mediation can be used to reach agreements regarding your children’s well-being after divorce.
If successful, mediation results in a settlement agreement between the parties, the terms of which are incorporated by the court when it renders its final divorce orders. Our Minnesota alimony mediators are standing by to help.
Under Minnesota law, a divorcing spouse may be entitled to spousal maintenance – sometimes called “alimony” or “spousal support” – if they lack adequate financial resources or property to cover their reasonable living expenses. A spouse’s reasonable living expenses are viewed in light of the standard of living the couple established during their marriage.
Courts consider the following factors when determining issues of alimony:
Although marriage length is one of many factors considered when determining alimony awards, there is no required marriage duration in order to receive temporary or short-term alimony in Minnesota and it is ultimately up to the judge’s discretion. However, in order to qualify for long-term or permanent alimony, the marriage needs to have lasted for 10 years or longer.
The duration of alimony in MN depends on the type of order:
In a divorce case, the issue of alimony can be a hotly contested issue. For the spouse seeking support, maintenance payment may be necessary for them to live at the marital standard of living. For the spouse from whom support is sought, they may find themselves devoting significant financial resources to their former spouse.
Given the stakes involved in matters involving alimony, the prospect of mediation can significantly benefit both parties. Mediators who have experience negotiating issues of spousal maintenance can help the parties find a mutual compromise, rather than competing to “win” regarding the issue.
At FairWell Family Law Mediation, our team of experienced mediators can help you reach an amicable resolution to divorce issues such as alimony. You can rely on our mediators to facilitate and guide you in resolving the issue of alimony during mediation proceedings. We can help you keep the larger picture in mind while ensuring your interests are not dismissed by your soon-to-be former spouse.
Divorce issues, such as spousal support, can have the effect of further driving you and your former spouse apart. In conventional adversarial litigation settings, important relationships often fall victim to competitiveness when the parties should be working toward salvaging such relationships. At FairWell Family Law Mediation, you can count on us to provide you to find fair solutions to your legal issues during the mediation process.