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Experience:  30 years in civil, probate, real estate, elder law
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How do we figure out fair spousal support, 34yrs. in

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How do we figure out fair spousal support, 34yrs. in marriage and spouse makes 30,000.00 more than I do. He understands I will need this and will contribute.
JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Minnesota
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: no, we want to do this ourselves
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ray replied 8 months ago.

Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you today.Please bear with me a few moments while I review your question and respond.

Expert:  Ray replied 8 months ago.

Are there children here --is he paying child support too?

Expert:  Ray replied 8 months ago.

And the $30k here thats what he makes more per year?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
no child support involved and yes to $30k more per year
Expert:  Ray replied 8 months ago.

So I would shoot for 40% here say $12k in spousal support.You argue this would allow you to maintain your standard of living.I go a little less than half here because he will have some increase in living costs since you are divorcing , two separate residences.And for 17 years half the length of the marriage.This is reasonable and a good starting point in the divorce.

I appreciate the chance to help you tonight.Thanks again and good luck.

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