200 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, #400
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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Spousal maintenance or alimony is a complex and emotional issue in a divorce. Many spouses worry they cannot support themselves after a divorce without spousal maintenance and others worry it may ruin them financially. Regardless of the situation, hiring an experienced attorney who will fight for your rights is crucial.
Since Minnesota is a no-fault state, the courts do not consider any wrongdoing by a spouse when awarding spousal maintenance. And unlike child support, there is no specific calculation for awarding support to a spouse. In Minnesota, spousal maintenance is awarded for two reasons – the person requesting it is not able to provide for their reasonable needs considering the standard of living established during the marriage or the person requesting it is responsible for the care of a child whose condition makes difficult for the parent to work outside the home.
There are two types of spousal maintenance authorized by Minnesota statute – temporary and permanent. Temporary spousal maintenance may be awarded for a limited period of time to allow the recipient enough time to find work, get an education or training, and become self-supporting. Permanent spousal maintenance or “long term” maintenance may be awarded for an unspecified period of time, then modified or terminated.
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While some attorneys have free initial consultations, there are some areas of law that require a small fee for an initial consultation. You will be informed of any and all fees associated when you call to make an appointment.
Our attorneys offer highly sought-after professional services for which there is an associated fee. These fees will be discussed in your initial consultation.
Billing and payments are determined by individual attorneys who will discuss these issues with clients at their initial appointments.
Our attorneys and staff are professionals experienced in providing legal services with efficiency and the utmost of client confidentiality. Trust, dedication, and professionalism are essential to the success of any business relationship. We believe these characteristics are the essence of integrity, and we strive to nurture these values within our firm. Since our inception, the attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen have been committed to providing comprehensive legal services within the framework of professional excellence.
Listen to your Miranda Rights.
Request to speak with an attorney in private. Your Miranda warning will be read to you by the arresting officer. It is very important that you pay attention to every word of these rights.
If you are placed under arrest, the officer has most likely completed an investigation leading to the belief that there was probable cause that you committed a crime. At this point, the officer has made their decision. Do not think that you could say or do anything to change the officer’s mind.
Do not resist arrest. Resisting arrest could subject you to further criminal charges if you go too far. Additionally, your attitude toward the arresting officer, if negative or volatile, will be presented as supporting a guilty verdict. In general, juries do not react favorably to a person who fights with police and will most likely see this is as evidence of guilt.
If convicted, the prosecution could use any negative conduct to support a harsher sentence. In short, displaying aggressive behavior toward police will only cause trouble. Even if you are scared, angry, or are experiencing high anxiety, you must maintain composure and politely request to speak to an attorney in private.
The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers dedicated attorneys who effectively and efficiently handle your legal needs with the highest level of professionalism.