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Who is entitled to spousal support?

Divorce involves many different elements and every divorce case is different. Minnesota residents who are going through a divorce have a lot to think about. After all, life before and after divorce can look very different. Sometimes, it can be an adjustment returning to life as a single person. Plus, there are many other day-to-day changes that can take a while to get used to.

One of the biggest adjustments a divorcing spouse may have to face is reentering the workforce. For stay-at-home parents, this can be particularly difficult. A parent may have decided to stay home and raise the children, thereby sacrificing a career. And the longer a parent has been out of the workforce, the more challenging it can be to reenter.

That's why there is spousal support, also known as alimony. However, not every divorcing spouse is eligible for alimony. What's more, spousal support can be temporary, as is the case when a spouse just needs time to brush up on certain skills or finish an education in order to start supporting themselves. In the case of a spouse having a disability that prevents them from entering the workforce, or an advanced age that renders them unable to find a job, a more permanent solution may be agreed upon.

There are a few key questions to ask when considering whether one is eligible for spousal support. These include whether the spouse was employed when married and what the salary and length of the position was. It can also be important to look at if additional education or new skills were obtained during the marriage. A look at the spouse's health, too, can help determine if spousal support is a possibility.

These are just a few of the considerations. An attorney can help walk a divorcing spouse through all of their options and possibilities.

Source: FindLaw, "Are You Entitled To Alimony (Spousal Support)?," Accessed on April 10, 2017

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