Minnesota Divorce Start Your Divorce Find Professionals Minnesota Articles Divorce Facts Divorce Grounds Residency Divorce Laws Mediation/Counseling Divorce Process Legal Separation Annulments Property Division Alimony Child Custody Child Support Divorce Forms Process Service Grandparent Rights Forum Minnesota Products Divorce by County
May I Record Telephone Conversations in Minnesota?
Under Minnesota law, as long as you yourself are a party to the conversation, it is lawful for you to record that conversation, even secretly. Furthermore, it happens often enough in family practice that you are wise to assume that any telephone conversation with your spouse is in fact being recorded, and to temper your speech accordingly - i.e., no anger, name-calling, or spiteful speech of any kind.
Such recordings of your spouse may be used in evidence, provided they’re relevant. However, they shouldn’t be used unless they are very compelling and necessary evidence of the point you’re trying to prove, because otherwise their usefulness is outweighed by the tendency of such recordings to make you look obsessive.
If you fear your spouse may make false claims of abuse against you, in order to get you quickly ordered out of the house, or to gain an advantage in a custody dispute, there are a couple of things you can do to help protect yourself:
* 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.
Minnesota courts look at many factors in deciding spousal support amounts. A spouse may be entitled to maintenance if he or she cannot support himself or herself despite any marital property received after distribution. Financial resources, employment, education and the personal circumstances of each spouse are considered. A court examines several factors to determine if maintenance is appropriate, and if so, how much and for how long. They include (1) the duration of the marriage, (2) the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, (3) each spouse's age and health, (4) each spouse's assets, income or ability to earn income, (5) the time needed for the requesting spouse to receive training or education and obtain sufficient employment in order to support himself or herself and (6) the owing spouse's ability to pay. A court can order temporary support while the divorce is pending. Most maintenance is ordered for a specific length of time. Once maintenance is ordered, it can be modified upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.
Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Established in 1996
© 1996 - 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Divorce Source. All Rights Reserved.