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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.
Minnesota is a no-fault only state. The divorce petition must state either that the parties have been living separate and apart for 180 days or more or that there is "serious marital discord" with no chance of reconciliation. All fault grounds, such as adultery, cruelty and insanity are no longer recognized in Minnesota.
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