Going through a divorce is never easy for a family. The spousal support laws vary from state to state and can be extremely confusing. Thankfully, you can rely on your family law attorney to be a valuable resource in navigating these complex issues. What are the spousal support laws in Minnesota? Minnesota courts have the power to order one spouse to pay alimony to the other (also referred to as spousal maintenance.) Often, the spouse who earns less money annually will make a request for spousal support from the higher earning spouse. This ensures that they can each maintain a reasonable standard of living to which they have become accustomed. Other reasons to request spousal support include the inability of one spouse to work..
Child custody is one of the most complicated issues in a Minnesota divorce. Although custody issues seldom go to trial, it’s still difficult for parents to come to an agreement on who should have custody of the child, or if the custody should be shared. It’s important to understand the types of child custody in Minnesota and how custody is determined. Types of Child Custody In Minnesota, there are two primary types of child custody: • Physical • Legal Physical refers to the child’s day-to-day routine and where he or she lives. Legal refers to how the child is raised, such as what school the child attends, his or her health care and religious upbringing. Some parents share custody, which is known as either joint..