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Family Law

Do I have to pay maintenance to my ex after a divorce?

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SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE IN MINNESOTA Spousal Maintenance, also known as alimony, is ordered in a Minnesota divorce when one spouse needs financial assistance from the other spouse to maintain the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to during the marriage, after the marriage is dissolved. A Minnesota Statute controls spousal maintenance in Minnesota, which provides the elements that the judge must consider when determining if, and how much, spousal maintenance will be paid. Unlike child support, there is not a statutory calculator for the determination of a spousal maintenance award amount. Rather, the judge will analyze considerations such as the marital standard of living, the age of...

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Who gets the engagement ring in a Minnesota divorce?

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WHO KEEPS THE ENGAGEMENT RING IN A DIVORCE? As family law attorneys, we are often asked this question. In Minnesota, the best answer is… It depends. Minnesota Courts view an engagement ring as a conditional gift that is given in contemplation of marriage. Thus, ownership of the ring depends on whether an engagement was followed by a wedding. If there is no marriage, there is no gift and the ring must be returned, regardless of who called off the engagement. Once the parties are married, Minnesota Courts treat the engagement ring differently. Because marriage satisfies the condition of the gift, the engagement ring becomes...

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How do I calculate child support in Minnesota?

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MINNESOTA CHILD SUPPORT Child support is an ever-changing area of the law. While the child support process is designed to be user-friendly for the general public, it can quickly become complicated for those unfamiliar with Minnesota’s Child Support Guidelines. Minnesota Child Support Guidelines focus on three types of child support: Basic child support; Medical child support; and Child-care support (daycare costs). Child support is based on a formula that has been enacted by the Minnesota Legislature. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) provides a free online Minnesota Child Support Guideline Calculator that can be useful in calculating guideline child support obligations. UPDATED GUIDELINES Back in August of 2018, the Minnesota Legislature...

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