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Can a New Spouse's Income Be Considered in Support Determinations in Minnesota?
Strictly speaking, a new spouse’s income may not be considered when determining spousal maintenance or child support issues with a prior spouse.
That said, to the extent a new spouse, cohabitant, or other occupant of a party’s household contributes to a party’s household expenses and thereby reduces a party’s own living expenses, that reduction in living expenses is relevant to support determinations.
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE IS NOT ADVICE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR CASE. ALSO, THIS INFORMATION APPLIES ONLY TO MINNESOTA LAW, AND NOT TO THE LAW OF ANY OTHER STATE OR COUNTRY.
A Minnesota court can award alimony to either spouse. Support is appropriate if a spouse isn't capable of self-support due to a lack of property, suitable employment or has custody of a child and cannot work outside the home.
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