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Updating Insurance Policies After You Get Divorced

Many couples have insurance policies that cover one or both of them. During the divorce process, then, it is crucial to untangle these policies while making sure both spouses are able to move forward with continued coverage.  Here’s a quick overview of some steps to take to update your insurance policies after you get divorced. Read More

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How to Support a Family Member Through a Divorce

It can be very difficult to know what to say to a family member who is going through a divorce. You’ll want to be there for the person during his or her struggles, but what is the best way to truly provide caring support? Below are a few tips to consider: Remember that every case Read More

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Do Health Records Ever Play a Role in the Divorce Process?

During the course of your divorce, you may be required to disclose some medical information if it is relevant to your case. The mental and physical condition of a parent could become relevant in child custody proceedings, for example. Frequent hospitalizations or major healthcare needs might also impact spousal maintenance arrangements or the asset and Read More

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Communicating with Your Spouse During the Divorce Process

It is understandable if you want to avoid any contact whatsoever with your spouse after the two of you have decided to get a divorce. However, some level of communication will may be necessary to ensure the process goes reasonably smoothly. You have two choices: communicate directly or communicate through attorneys. Below are some issues Read More

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How Does the State of Minnesota Enforce Child Support?

When two parents get divorced, one parent may be required to pay child support in an amount either determined by the court or agreed upon in negotiations and then approved by a judge. In the state of Minnesota, those child support agreements are enforced by the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED), a unit within the Read More

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Steps to Take as Soon as Your Divorce is Finalized

When your divorce is finalized, there are still a few tasks you will need to perform to protect yourself and get off to the right start in your new life. The following are a few of the steps you should take as soon as your divorce is official. Review your paperwork: Make sure you are Read More

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What to Know About Property Division in Minnesota

Minnesota is an equitable division of property state, as well as a no-fault divorce state. This means that the fault for the breakdown of the marriage will not affect the property division, and the property is to be divided based on what is just and equitable — not necessarily exactly equal. Some of the factors the Read More

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Could Mental Health Issues Lead to a Loss of Parental Rights?

During a divorce, if either spouse is dealing with serious diagnosed mental health issues, it could affect anything from property division to child custody. As always, the judge will need to spend some time considering what is in the children’s best interests before making any big decisions. If the circumstances of the condition are extreme, Read More

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When You Might Consider Implementing a Postnuptial Agreement

Postnuptial agreements are legally binding contracts established by couples after their marriage begins. Couples will typically implement a postnuptial agreement after certain major life changes occur. What those agreements contain can vary widely based on the couple, including some estate planning elements and, much like an antenuptial (prenuptial) agreement, some agreements over what would happen Read More

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Can You Get Alimony/Spousal Maintenance After a Divorce is Finalized?

During your divorce, the court may award you alimony (called spousal maintenance in Minnesota), which you would begin receiving in monthly installments at such time the court issues an order for spousal maintenance. This spousal maintenance arrangement may be permanent or temporary, depending on the circumstances of your marriage and divorce. When the divorce is Read More

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