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What to Do With Your Marital Home After Divorce

Real estate is one of the biggest investments you can make, and married couples often buy homes together. What do you do with your marital home after you get divorced? Generally, there are three major options: selling your home, buying your spouse out or continued co-ownership. Here’s an overview of these options. Sell the home If Read More

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How to Prepare for Your Divorce

Divorcing a spouse is difficult, even under the most amicable circumstances. Planning for your divorce ahead of time can take some of the stress out of the process. Here are some tips to help you get ready to initiate your divorce: Understand your legal options:Many people believe that divorce can only be accomplished by going to Read More

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Modern Parenting Plan Items to Consider

The world has changed a great deal in the last few decades. Divorced parents have myriad new social and practical issues to address. When you’re creating or updating a parenting plan, consider these hot button subjects. Coming to an agreement now will ensure that if any issues do arise, you’ll know how to handle it. Pandemics Read More

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Do Grandparents Have Rights to Their Grandchildren?

Grandparents frequently wonder whether they have any right to visitation or custody over their grandchildren. Poor relationships with the parents, divorce, death, abuse and neglect can all affect whether grandparents are able to maintain a relationship with their minor grandchildren. While there are no “grandparents’ rights” in Minnesota, grandparents can petition the court for visitation with Read More

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Can You Change Your Child’s Name After a Divorce?

If you changed your name when you got married, you might be eager to return to your original surname after you’re divorced. What if you want to change your child’s name, too? Minnesota allows parents to petition for a name change under Minnesota Statute Section 259.11. However, if the other parent contests the name change, Read More

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How to Handle Parental Alienation

Parental alienation “arises primarily in the context of child custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child’s campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification. It is caused by a combination of a programming (brainwashing) parent’s indoctrinations and the child’s own contributions to the vilification of the targeted parent.” Dealing with parental Read More

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What is “Bird’s Nest” Custody?

Every set of divorced parents—and their children—have different custody needs and desired arrangements. “Bird’s nest” custody is an arrangement gaining popularity lately. This child-centric approach allows the children to stay in one home, rather than switching back and forth between separate homes. Instead, the parents alternate residences. Who should try bird’s nest custody? Not every Read More

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What to Do if Your Ex-Spouse Stalks You

Domestic violence isn’t always mere physical abuse. Stalking, especially after a divorce or separation, is common. If your ex-spouse refuses to leave you alone, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Stalking typically involves repeated unwanted contact which makes you feel threatened or frightened. It often starts out harmlessly, like making calls or sending Read More

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Navigating the Holidays During a Divorce

Ending a marriage is difficult—but that first major holiday after your divorce can often feel insurmountable. Your “new normal” can feel stressful and lonely, especially if you miss the traditions you once shared. Navigating custody issues adds another layer of difficulty. Many clients report feeling particularly depressed during this time. Here are some tips to help Read More

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The Surprising Financial Benefits of Divorce

Divorce can be expensive, especially if you’ve been married for decades and have accumulated significant assets. However, there are some surprising financial benefits to divorce you may not have considered. While these might not make up for the time, expense and emotional cost associated with divorce, they are a silver lining. Financial aid for college-bound Read More

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