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Myths About Common Law Marriage in Minnesota

Common law marriage—when a couple lives together and holds themselves out as married for a certain period of time, without entering into a formal, legal marriage—is not recognized in most states. However, many people still believe that common law marriage exists in Minnesota. Here’s what you should know about this unusual form of marriage. Minnesota Read More

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Dividing the Family Home When Only One Spouse is On the Deed

For most Americans, home ownership is their biggest investment. When you divorce, deciding what to do with the family home can be tough—especially if only one spouse’s name is on the title. Many people believe that if their spouse’s name isn’t on the deed or title, they’re not entitled to a share of that asset, Read More

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Do You Have an Advantage by Filing for Divorce First?

Filing for divorce is a big step. If you’re considering it, you probably have an idea of what you’d like to get out of the process, ranging from specific assets to a desired custody schedule. Does that mean that you need to file first to preserve an advantage? Many people believe that the person who Read More

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Divorce on the Horizon? What to Do Before Filing

If you find yourself at the point where divorce seems inevitable and your marriage is irretrievably broken, consider taking certain measures to prepare yourself for the process. Here are some important steps to consider before filing for divorce: Consult an attorney: Seek the guidance of a divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., who 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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