By Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. | Published June 26, 2023 | | |
Time magazine recently published an article about divorce waiting periods in the United States: seven states require couples to live in separate households before filing for divorce, and 35 states also require a “cooling-off” period where couples must wait a specified period before their divorce can be finalized. The separation periods range from six months to Read MoreRead More
If you are going through the divorce process with an abusive spouse, you can request orders of protection from the court, such as a temporary restraining order. This will ensure your spouse remains away from you and does not contact you, with significant penalties if they disobey. When a restraining order is in place, this Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
Domestic abuse is unfortunately all too common — and many cases go unreported. If you are married to an abusive spouse, there are several steps you can take to get out of the relationship and protect yourself and your children: Keep it quiet: First and foremost, never alert your abuser about your plans to leave Read MoreRead More
In some situations, it can take time for victims of domestic abuse to realize that they are in an abusive relationship. This is especially true when the abuse isn’t physical. Cuts and bruises are clear symptoms of abuse, but the mental and emotional scarring is not always as easy to notice and confront. With this Read MoreRead More
Minnesota courts take domestic abuse seriously as it relates to child custody. In most cases, physical custody goes to the parent who provides most of the children’s daily care. Legal custody is typically shared by both parents, who then must work together to make decisions regarding education, medicine, culture, religion and other issues. This can Read MoreRead More
Minnesota, like many states, does not require individuals to cite a reason for seeking divorce. However, if there has been domestic abuse in your marriage, it could impact how the divorce process moves forward. Abuse victims can receive certain protections and benefits throughout the process. The following are just a few of the ways domestic Read MoreRead More
According to research from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, about 32 percent of all attorneys who participated in a survey noticed an increase in domestic violence-related issues within the past five years. With these figures on the rise, it’s important for individuals to know how to handle a divorce when domestic abuse is involved. Read MoreRead More
When domestic violence is an issue in your divorce, there are a number of extra considerations involved. First and foremost, you need to keep yourself and your children safe. The following are some steps you should take to deal with domestic violence as you prepare for your divorce: Contact law enforcement: Do not wait for Read MoreRead More
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