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Tips for a Beneficial Trial Separation

For some people who are considering the possibility of a divorce, but are not yet ready to move forward, a trial separation can be a beneficial sort of “cooling off” period that allows the spouses a chance to live apart, regain perspective and attempt to save their relationship. Trial separations may not result in the Read More

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Do Mothers Have an Advantage in Child Custody Proceedings?

There is often an assumption among the general public that mothers have an advantage in child custody proceedings because the court system favors placing children with their mothers rather than their fathers. However, this is not actually the truth. There are no laws that favor mothers over fathers in these circumstances. This does not mean Read More

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What to Know About Changing a Child’s Name

By law, you can petition the court to change a child’s name — and that process itself is not very difficult. What can be more challenging is convincing the court that such a name change is in the best interest of the child. The “best interest” standard is rather vague, but it does allow judges Read More

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What to Expect Out of a Child Custody Evaluation

As part of the process of creating a child custody arrangement, you may need to go through what’s called a “child custody evaluation.” This evaluation is performed by an independent and neutral third party who training and/or experience in family law or family dynamics allowing them to make recommendations to judges about the custody arrangement Read More

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What Happens to Motor Vehicles During a Divorce?

Because cars and other motor vehicles are among the more valuable assets you may own, you’re likely wondering who gets to keep them in a divorce. If you purchased the car yourself before the marriage, then this is a simple matter — the car does not qualify as a marital asset and is not subject Read More

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A Gambling Problem Can Affect Property Division

Financial problems represent some of the most common reasons why couples get divorced. The tension can become exacerbated financial issues are due to one spouse’s gambling habits. In some cases, those gambling habits could even affect the property division process in a divorce. In a typical divorce case, if the two parties cannot come to Read More

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What Will Happen to My Retirement Benefits During a Divorce?

In a divorce, retirement benefits are generally considered marital property, which means they are subject to the property division process. These benefits include IRAs, 401(k) and 403(k) plans, ERISA funds, employee stock option plans, defined benefit plans, and defined contribution plans. Regardless of the type, it is important to account for all retirement benefits in Read More

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How to Apply for a Harassment Restraining Order in Minnesota

Under Minnesota law, harassment includes incidents of assault, stalking, intrusive or unwanted acts, targeted residential picketing or other patterns of harassing behavior. A person who has been the victim of harassment has the right to apply for a harassment restraining order. Here’s how the process works: Fill out forms: You’ll need to fill out the Read More

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How to Divide IRAs in a Divorce

When you get a divorce, your retirement plans and accounts are treated like most of your other assets. Part will be yours alone and part you must share with your spouse. The amount of money your spouse gets depends primarily on when you started contributing to your individual retirement account (IRA). Fortunately, the process of Read More

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Back to School: Co-parenting Tips as the New School Year Begins

Now that your children are heading back to school, it’s time for you to get back into your parenting routine as well. This might require some adjustments if you are a divorced parent sharing custody of a child. Below are some tips you should keep in mind as you go through the school year: School Read More

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