“Allocation of Parental Responsibilities” – What Does That Mean?

December 11, 2018

Parenting and custody issues are often some of the most highly disputed issues during any divorce case.  Parenting together with a partner during a harmonious marriage or relationship is difficult, and when the relationship falls apart, co-parenting can become even more challenging.  During a divorce or custody case, a court will need to make a […]

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Remarriage, Spousal Maintenance, and Child Support

December 10, 2018

Although a divorce means the end of a relationship, it also means the beginning of the next chapter of life for both spouses.  It is very common for one or both spouses to move forward after the divorce and get remarried.  Where a former spouse has been ordered to pay alimony (called “spousal maintenance” in […]

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Who Gets the Child’s College Fund?

December 7, 2018

Planning for your child’s future is an important and exciting step for a parent.  It is thrilling helping your child to grow and learn.  Saving for their college education is part of what can help make sure that your child’s future is secure.  College is expensive, especially if your child chooses to attend a private […]

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Dividing a Pension

December 6, 2018

During a divorce, the spouses will have to split their assets and debts that were accumulated through the years.  Minnesota is an equitable distribution state, which means that the marital assets and debts will be equitably distributed.  The court will examine a list of factors in deciding who will receive how much of each asset.  […]

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Planning Ahead for Divorce

December 5, 2018

Reaching the decision to divorce is emotionally challenging.  The decision will also mean many logistic challenges, including separating finances, dividing parenting time, and allocating marital assets and debts.  After spending years building your future with your spouse, there can be a lot of difficult decisions and procedures ahead.  Preparing properly for your divorce can help […]

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Fighting Step-Parent Adoption

December 4, 2018

Divorce and separation is difficult for everyone, including the children.  Adjusting to a new family situation can be challenging for children, as they typically thrive on stability and regularity.  It is common for one or both parents to re-marry following a divorce, and that can help re-establish some of the structure for children.  In the […]

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Divorce and Financial Disclosures

December 3, 2018

Divorce is never an easy decision.  After many years building your future with another person, you will now have to separate your social, emotional, and even financial life from your spouse.  This can take time, and especially where the marriage has been going on for a long time, can be complicated.  There will be many […]

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Keeping Your Non-Marital Property Separate

November 30, 2018

Dividing property is an important element of any divorce.  Minnesota is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that marital property is divided equitably between the spouses.  An equitable distribution does not always mean an equal distribution, and the courts will examine a list of factors in determining which spouse receives which property.  A key to […]

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Death and Child Support

November 29, 2018

At the end of a marriage or relationship where the parties share a child or children, the court will almost always make an order for child support.  In most cases, the parent who has less parenting time is the parent who will need to pay child support.  The obligation to pay support typically lasts until […]

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How to Stop Dissipation of Assets

November 28, 2018

Property division is often a central issue of dispute in divorce.  When two people have labored together for years or even decades to build wealth and a secure financial future, there can be a lot of property to divide during the divorce.  Minnesota is what is called an “equitable distribution” state.  This means that marital […]

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