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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.
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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