A Compassionate Guide Through The Divorce Process
The process of divorce is typically long and stressful. Even an uncontested divorce involves documenting property and assets to be divided and negotiations concerning support. When children are involved, coming to an agreement on custody arrangements can also be a trying experience. At Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A., we understand the stress and emotions you are experiencing. We pride ourselves on being there when you need us for answers, guidance and support.
We help people with all aspects of divorce, including:
- Division of marital property
- Child custody and support
- High net worth divorce
- Modification of support and custody agreements
No matter what kind of legal issue you are facing as part of your divorce, we can help.
Negotiating For Temporary And Permanent Spousal Maintenance
Unlike calculating child support, there is no formula for determining the amount of spousal support in Minnesota. The court first determines if the person seeking support can become self-supporting over time. If so, the court will award temporary support. To arrive at a figure for support, the judge will look at a number of different factors, including:
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The finances of the person seeking support
- The age and health of the person seeking support
- Whether the spouse being asked to pay is financially able to do so
- The value of each spouse’s contribution to the marital property
In Minnesota, wrongdoing on the part of one spouse is not taken into consideration. Even if your spouse secretly ran up high levels of debt, it will not affect the court’s decision.
Choosing Legal Separation Instead Of Divorce
At Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A., we help married couples obtain a legal separation when they choose not to divorce because of religious beliefs or other reasons. A legal separation allows you to create legally binding arrangements concerning support, child custody, the division of property and other issues associated with ending a marital relationship. If you and your spouse are considering a legal separation, we encourage you to consult with us first to make sure you understand the pros and cons of this choice.