If you are a married Minnesota woman thinking about divorce, you need to know about manimony and how this relatively new phenomenon could affect you. Remembering that spousal support used to go by the name of alimony, Wife.org explains that the new version of alimony has acquired the nickname “manimony.”

Manimony refers to the instances where a divorce court orders a wife to make spousal support payments to her former husband. While manimony comes into play in only about 15% of today’s divorces nationwide, you may have to pay it if you have successfully climbed the corporate ladder and now earn more than your husband.

Manimony factors

Understand that in order to receive manimony, your husband will need to ask for it as part of your divorce proceedings. Then as with any spousal support request, the court will consider numerous factors, including the following ones, before granting your husband’s request:

  • How much more you earn than your husband currently
  • How much more than your husband you likely will earn in the near future
  • How much more education you have obtained as compared to your husband
  • How much more your husband will likely earn if he obtains additional education and/or training
  • The amount of nonfinancial contributions your husband made to your marriage
  • How long your marriage lasted

Manimony payment length

Assuming the court grants your husband’s request for manimony, you can expect to pay it for no longer than 10 years maximum. If your former spouse remarries before then your payments almost certainly will cease. Likewise, if the court awards him manimony based on his lack of education or training, your payments will undoubtedly cease once he obtains it.

You should not interpret this general educational information as legal advice. It can, however, help you understand the concept of manimony and under what conditions the court may require you to pay it when you divorce.