By Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. | Published June 5, 2023 | Posted in Divorce | Tagged Tags: divorce, irretrievable breakdown, marriage | Comments Off on What Does “Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage” Really Mean?
Divorces rarely play out like we see on TV and in movies. Although infidelity, abandonment and related issues may seem relevant to the wronged party, chances are that your family court judge won’t take them into account when divvying up assets and ruling on custody and support. Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. Either party Read MoreRead More
When you break up with the parent of your minor children, you might make a parenting plan with your ex to handle certain custody and parenting issues. Do you still need to make a parenting plan if you’re granted sole custody? While Minnesota doesn’t require a parenting plan (although they may make one on your Read MoreRead More
Divorce and custody can be difficult, emotionally fraught proceedings. In some cases, a parent may intentionally keep their child from the other parent. This is colloquially known as “parental kidnapping,” and it can have serious consequences. What is parental kidnapping? Minnesota state law makes depriving another of their custodial or parental rights a felony, punishable Read MoreRead More
Even amicable divorces can be stressful and difficult. When your spouse is angry, bitter and vengeful, however, it can make the process even harder. Some exes respond to divorce stress by leveling false accusations at their soon-to-be ex during litigation or mediation. What can you do if you’re falsely accused of abuse, concealing assets or Read MoreRead More
When parents divorce, they generally both retain parental rights absent extenuating circumstances. However, some parents fear their ex will challenge them in court and want to make sure that their parental rights are preserved. The best way to protect your parental rights is to work with an experienced divorce and child custody attorney—but in the Read MoreRead More
When parents divorce, their children must learn to cope with their new routines, living situations and other types of upheaval. Many parents are able to set aside their personal differences in order to put the children’s needs first. Others may start off co-parenting, but the relationship deteriorates when a new spouse comes into the picture. Read MoreRead More
Calculating whether a parent must pay child support and how much depends on a number of factors. What happens when one parent is purposely unemployed or underemployed to avoid paying support? How child support is normally calculated Generally, child support is calculated by the combined gross income of both parents, then allocated based on their Read MoreRead More
Many people who changed their name when they got married consider changing it back after a divorce. Because names are an incredibly personal, foundational part of our identity, the question of whether to change back can be difficult. Factors to consider These name change considerations are common among divorcing people: Professional and social recognition: When Read MoreRead More
Congratulations, you’ve decided to get married! Do you need a prenup? Many clients wonder if they need a prenuptial agreement to protect themselves before they get married. As always, the answer is that it depends on your individual circumstances. When should you get a prenup? Here are some situations where a prenuptial agreement just makes Read MoreRead More
Many people have the impression that divorce is always fraught with pain and drama. However, some couples are able to amicably separate and move on with their lives. Could an uncontested divorce be right for you? What is an uncontested divorce? Your dissolution of marriage can be granted if you and your spouse agree on how Read MoreRead More
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