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Protecting Your Rights In Child Support And Spousal Maintenance Matters

Issues regarding financial support — such as child support and spousal maintenance — can be some of the most contentious points of a divorce or child custody action. That is why it's important you have dedicated, compassionate legal representation to protect your interests during the litigation and negotiation process.

At Carlson & Jones, P.A., our knowledgeable attorneys are skilled in practicing all matters of family law. We have over 55 years of combined experience and are proud to serve the residents of Central Minnesota and beyond. Our family law clients turn to us in confidence and, in turn, we work diligently to address all of their concerns and get them the results to which they are entitled.

Making Sure That Support And Maintenance Are Calculated Fairly

Determining the appropriate amount of spousal maintenance and child support can be contentious. In Minnesota, a variety of factors determine how the amounts are calculated. For child support, the family courts consider:

  • A parent's gross income
  • Spousal maintenance orders
  • The number of children in each parent's home
  • Child care expenses
  • The costs of medical and dental care

When determining spousal maintenance, the courts will take into account:

  • How long the marriage lasted
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The financial resources of each spouse
  • The age and physical and mental health of the spouse requesting support

Although there are child support guidelines, there are circumstances that may require the court to deviate from those guidelines. Further complicating the matter, there are no spousal maintenance guidelines. At Carlson & Jones, P.A., our lawyers can help point out exceptions that may affect how much support has to be paid. We have the resources to verify true income and will work to apply the law so that the support amount is calculated fairly and accurately.

Speak To An Attorney About Your Rights And Responsibilities

Sometimes changes to the amount of support awarded may be in order. We can also assist with requesting modifications of child support or spousal maintenance orders if you or your ex-spouse's financial circumstances have changed.

If you are looking for a law firm who will protect your interests, you can turn to our attorneys with confidence. We provide all of our clients with dedicated representation. Contact us online or at 877-344-1555 to arrange a free consultation during which we can discuss your case and determine how we can help you.