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Can Religion Affect Child Custody Arrangements?

In most cases, the court will not use the religious beliefs of one parent as a primary determinant for child custody arrangements. However, that doesn’t mean religion won’t factor into custody decisions at all—just that it is likely to be one of a multitude of factors. For religion to be one of the primary determining Read More

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An Overview of the Rights of Non-custodial Parents

A non-custodial parent is the parent who does not have primary custody of a child. This parent may or may not have a set parenting time schedule. There are some circumstances in which the non-custodial parents will have some limited legal rights in terms of their ability to make decisions on behalf of the child. Read More

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Can You Modify Alimony Arrangements?

Alimony (called spousal maintenance in Minnesota) arrangements are common when there is a significant gap in earning capacity between divorcing spouses. The divorce decree will contain information specific to spousal maintenance that defines how much will be paid and when those payments will be due each month. It will also define how long spousal maintenance Read More

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Examples of Common Financial Mistakes that Occur in Divorce Settlements

As you go through the process of negotiating a divorce settlement, it is crucial you carefully think through all of your decisions with the assistance of your attorney to prevent yourself from accidentally accepting a deal that could be financially damaging to you in the long run. Here are a few examples of some of Read More

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What to Know About Witnesses for Orders of Protection in Minnesota

Minnesota’s Domestic Abuse Act was enacted to protect domestic violence victims by offering a restraining order (or order for protection) as a means of ensuring the victim’s wellbeing. The order for protection (OFP) can prohibit the accused from contacting the victim, as well as provisions about how to deal with minor children, if any exist Read More

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Common Indicators of an Upcoming Divorce

Filing for divorce is generally not something people take lightly. In most cases, the divorce had been a long time coming, with at least one of the partners having been considering it for quite some time. There are some issues that arise during a marriage that are major red flags that the relationship could be Read More

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Common Myths Associated With the Property Division Process

Of the various topics that arise during the divorce process, property division is one that frequently has the most misconceptions associated with it. With this in mind, here are a few examples of some common property division myths and the truths behind them. MYTH: Property and assets will be divided equally The term you need Read More

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The Biggest Reasons to Retain a Divorce Lawyer for Your Case

When you’re going through the divorce process, you do technically have the ability to represent yourself in your case. However, this could prove unwise in many cases. Here are just a few reasons why you should make it a point to retain a divorce lawyer for your case. Experience in practicing law: Divorce attorneys have Read More

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Push for Equal Parenting Continues in Minnesota

Under Minnesota divorce law, there is a presumption that parents in child custody arrangements will each get a minimum of 25 percent of the time with their child. In most cases, the parents will work out the other 50 percent of the time share on their own, but if they are unable to negotiate their Read More

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You Can Reduce Legal Fees in a Divorce by Acting Reasonably

The divorce process can be quite costly, depending on the circumstances. This is one of the main reasons why both parties will attempt to avoid litigation as much as possible—they don’t want to rack up any more court fees than absolutely necessary. Even divorce cases that are settled outside of court can still result in Read More

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