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Spousal maintenance awards can be difficult to predict, because there are no Guidelines, as with child support, and both the amount and duration of an award of spousal maintenance are within the broad discretion of the trial court.
As recent as 1984, Minnesota Statutes relating to awards of spousal maintenance were interpreted by the Minnesota Courts of Appeal as disfavoring awards of permanent spousal maintenance.
When dividing property in a Minnesota divorce, the spouses must be prepared with information about property, including date of purchase, an estimate of value, and details such as account numbers, serial numbers and so forth.
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