In some Minnesota divorces, spousal support may be an issue. Spousal support, which is commonly called alimony, consists of monthly support payments that are made by a higher-earning spouse to a lower-earning spouse for a period of time after a divorce. It is not ordered in every case.
In order to determine whether to award spousal support as well as how much to award, courts consider several factors. They consider how long the couple was married, the lifestyle that they have enjoyed, the need of the recipient, the ability of the payer to meet the obligation, and the health and age of both parties.