Reach a favorable spousal support agreement

Questions about money are often a point of contention in spousal disputes. These issues are magnified during divorce proceedings, particularly when issues of spousal support arise. One party may feel that he or she is paying too much, while the other feels cheated.

How much will my spouse get of my paycheck? How much should I receive after our divorce?

In this process, it is important to remember that the court determines spousal support agreements based on pragmatic and reasonable goals that consider each party's financial stability. Our success as a Fargo divorce and spousal support law firm reflects our ability to hear what our clients want, see what our clients need and present what our clients deserve effectively in whatever legal scenario they face.

Whether you are best served by mediation, settlement negotiation or courtroom proceedings, we can help you resolve your spousal support matters.

How is spousal support determined?

Spousal support (also known as spousal maintenance or alimony) is not designed to be punishment for bad behavior in a marriage, nor is it a golden parachute for one party in a divorce. It is used to provide a spouse with a fair amount of financial support that reflects his or her role in the marriage partnership and limits any unfair economic effects the divorce may have on a spouse.

Spousal support is determined by a wide range of factors, including:

  • Each party's level of self-sufficiency, which may be indicated by age, physical condition, emotional/mental stability and financial independence
  • Each party's employability or need for education and training in order to become self-sufficient
  • The couple's standard of living during marriage
  • How long the couple was married
  • Whether or not the payer spouse would be able to reasonably support him or herself while making spousal support payments

Advocacy that gets results in challenging support disputes

Brazil Law office PLLC can guide you through the process and advocate for your best interests when you are facing spousal support issues in your divorce. Attorney Tressie Brazil leads our team of experienced legal professionals to provide the quality service, personal attention and positive results our clients seek throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

Contact a lawyer at our office online or by telephone at 701-297-2298 to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about your options.