Alimony Reform Task Force
MNAR, Rep. Peggy Scott (MN House of Reps Civil law Chair) and representatives of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Bar and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have been meeting since January 2017 to discuss some of the shortcomings of the current Minnesota Spousal maintenance law. The lawyers on the Task Force agree that there is no consistent and predictable way to counsel their clients on what a judge could rule when it comes to spousal maintenance . With the current law and conflicting case law precidents, it can be a shake of the dice as to what result will come down in court.
More clarity in spousal maintenance law will also create more predicability for the parties of divorce, which will promote more settlements out of court and less acrimonious litigation. Whenever our lawmakers have an opportunity to reform the Maintenance Statute to encourage more predictability in court, we reduce the chance of a revolving courtroom door for the parties of divorce. Divorce already creates strains on family relationships beyond the two that are divorcing. However, a revolving courtroom door can rip apart the fabric of relationships collateral to the parties that often never recover.
Since the inception of the Task Force, MNAR has presented it’s goals, including tweaks of 2016’s Cohabitation Alimony Reform law. From those discussions everyone agreed that the court’s inconsistency in handling of the retirement event would be the primary focus of any legislation that is introduced in 2018.
Here is the draft regarding retirement that would propose to add a new subdivision 7 to Minnesota Statute 518.552: Retirement Draft 9-1-2017
Important Term in This Draft: Rebuttable presumption
How can you support this proposal:
- Contact your lawyer, any lawyer you or anyone who cares about you may know and ask them to support this proposed legislative language through ANY Attorney’s organization to which they are affiliated! Attorney group’s support would be very helpful in passing Retirement Alimony Reform in 2018.
- Help Minnesota Alimony Reform! Find out how – Click Here
Currently, due to the lack of specific guidelines in the Minnesota divorce law, there can be differed awards from different Judges, sometimes in the same Court.
“The reform of Spousal Maintenance law is needed in Minnesota to bring fairness, self support and finality to the parties of divorce. We want to reform the law to enable the courts to apply them consistently, regardless of the judge presiding, while protecting the truly needy.”
For More information Contact: Dr. Michael Thomas, 507-337-9703, email@example.com
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