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The Leading Causes of Divorce

Marriages can end for a wide range of reasons. But which are the most common? Here’s a look at some of the leading causes of divorce in the United States. Poor communication: Approximately half of divorces will feature attributions of poor communication as a primary cause of separation. This may include frequent fighting or simply Read More

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Common Mistakes Made in Gray Divorces

While divorce rates for the general population have been on the decline for some time now, divorce rates for people age 50 or older have been skyrocketing. Often referred to as “gray divorce,” these divorces between older couples have some special considerations due the demographics of those involved. With these divorces becoming more common, it Read More

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Minnesota’s Requirements for Post-Secondary Education Support

Many divorced parents who do not have custody of their children believe their obligations to pay child support ends at 18. But this may or may not be the case, depending on the language of your divorce decree and your child’s aspirations for a post-secondary education (be it college, trade school, associate’s school or otherwise). Read More

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Can Unpaid Child Support Result in Jail Time?

If a person fails to pay child support, there is a possibility they could face jail time, should they continue to fail to meet their obligations. This happens if they become held in contempt of court. Here’s what you need to know. Seeking contempt of court Any time a person fails to obey a court Read More

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How Does Domestic Abuse Influence Child Custody Proceedings?

As you go through child custody proceedings in court, the courts will take allegations of domestic violence extremely seriously. The court will not just take you at your word that domestic violence occurred. Judges will need to review evidence, and will consider issues such as: Whether the alleged domestic violence was directed at or affected Read More

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Money Management Tips for Divorce

There are a lot of challenges associated with the divorce process, not the least of which is figuring out how you will emerge from the process with financial stability. Here are a few tips to help you with your money management during divorce so you can maintain financial sanity. Only take advice from experts: You’ll Read More

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Can a Trust Protect My Assets in a Divorce?

The best tool you have available to protect your assets in the event of a divorce is a prenuptial agreement. In such an agreement you can lay out all the stipulations for what will happen to your assets should you and your spouse end up getting divorced. But what if you have trusts? Can you Read More

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Spousal Abuse Can Affect Divorce Hearings

If you are going through the divorce process with an abusive spouse, you can request orders of protection from the court, such as a temporary restraining order. This will ensure your spouse remains away from you and does not contact you, with significant penalties if they disobey. When a restraining order is in place, this Read More

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How to Bring Up Divorce With Your Spouse

When you’ve finally made the decision in your own mind to move forward with a divorce, the next step is to raise the issue with your spouse. Doing so can be understandably scary—it’s not a pleasant conversation to have. But if you are to set yourself up for a smooth divorce, it’s important you bring Read More

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