Plenty of people deal with divorce in Minnesota. According to information collected by the Legislative Commission Economic Status of Women, there were 15,888 divorces in the state in 2000. This number was a decrease from 16,575 divorces in 1992; however, these numbers still indicate that divorce is hugely prevalent in today's society.
Divorce can be the most difficult ordeal that a family can go through because it changes the structure of the family. People generally want to preserve their relationships with their children after divorce, so why is this so difficult?
Spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony or spousal support) is an integral part to the post-divorce life of many Minnesota residents. This form of financial support is determined by a judge, who will look at a bevy of factors involved in the spouses' relationship, including the financial potential of the spouses, the health of the spouses, the length of the marriage, the property and assets involved, and many other factors.