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Establishing Paternity for Child Support and Custody Purposes

Establishing parentage, also known as paternity, is the legal process of creating a recognized relationship between a child and their parent when no legal relationship previously existed. It is an important step in determining child support obligations and custody rights. In Minnesota, there are different ways to establish parentage depending on the circumstances. Mother’s marital Read More

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When Will a Court Terminate Parental Rights?

Termination of parental rights is a legal process in which a person’s rights as a parent are permanently taken away. This means they are no longer considered the child’s legal parent, losing the right to visit or communicate with the child and the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. In some cases, the Read More

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Divorcing an Abusive Spouse

Domestic violence affects many individuals and families. In cases of divorce involving domestic violence, it is crucial to understand the legal processes and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all parties involved, particularly children. A trusted attorney can help you navigate this difficult process. Domestic violence hearings Typically, divorces involving domestic Read More

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What Is a Postnuptial Agreement?

Marriage is a legal and financial commitment. While many couples choose to sign a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot, some may find themselves wanting to establish financial arrangements after they’re already married. Postnuptial agreements, explained A postnuptial agreement, also known as a “post-marital agreement” or “postnup,” is a contract created by spouses after entering Read More

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Physical vs. Legal Custody: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that there’s more than one type of custody? If you share children with a former partner or spouse, you’ll need to negotiate a custody agreement. Custody includes with whom the children live, but it also refers to a parent’s decision-making power over how their child is raised. Physical custody Physical custody is Read More

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Does Divorce Show Up on Your Credit Report?

Divorce has a lot of financial consequences: you might find that your credit takes a hit, your budget is affected and it’s harder to maintain the same standard of living you once enjoyed. Preparing for financial consequences ensures that you hit the ground running once the divorce is final. People often wonder whether divorce shows Read More

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Managing Custody and Co-Parenting During the Summer Months

When you share custody with your child’s other parent, summer months can present unique challenges. For most of the year, schedules typically revolve around the child’s school schedule. What happens when your kid is out of school for three months? How should you handle their changing schedules and the cost of summer activities? Here are Read More

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Social Security Spousal Benefits After Divorce

Divorcing your spouse often means reevaluating how you’ll spend your retirement. Even if you’re not spending the rest of your life with your ex, you may still be entitled to certain Social Security retirement benefits after divorce. Here’s a brief overview of how it works and what to expect. Who qualifies for spousal retirement benefits? Read More

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Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Noncustodial Parent

There are a lot of pop culture myths about custody and visitation. If you’re a noncustodial parent—meaning your child’s other parent has full physical and legal custody—it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. Petitioning for custody or visitation Parents generally have the right to petition for custody and visitation, subject to specific state procedural Read More

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What Happens to the Family Business During Divorce?

When you own and work in a family business along with your spouse, it can significantly complicate your separation. What happens to the family business when you eventually decide to split? Is the business marital or separate property? The first issue is to determine whether the business is marital or separate property. Even if you started Read More

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