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Should You Change Your Name During Divorce?

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 More

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Do You Need a Prenup?

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 More

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How to Get an Uncontested Divorce

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 More

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Protecting Parental Rights in Same-Sex Couples

The law has generally not caught up to same-sex couples and protecting their rights. What happens if you’re in a same-sex marriage and want to have children together? How can you ensure that you and your spouse have the same rights over the kids that a straight couple might have? If you’re thinking about having children Read More

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Is Annulment an Option?

If you haven’t been married a long time, you might wonder whether annulment is an option. Annulment is a way to declare a marriage legally null and void, as if it had never happened—you won’t have to divide property or litigate other issues. Here are the instances in which an annulment could be granted in Minnesota: Read More

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How to Handle Pets in a Divorce

When we think of divorce, we typically think of dividing property and child custody. But what if you have pets? How can you guarantee that you’ll be able to see your beloved pets after your marriage ends? Pets in the eyes of the law Generally, pets are treated as property in the eyes of the Read More

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Social Media Usage During Divorce

Social media is a major part of everyday American life. Most people belong to at least one social media network, whether they use it to keep up with the news, family and friends, pop culture or other purposes. When you’re going through divorce, however, social media can create complications. Here’s what you should know about Read More

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When Separate Property Becomes Marital Property

One of the biggest issues in any divorce is how property will be divided. Generally, property that one spouse holds before marriage, as well as inheritances and certain gifts, are considered separate property. Income and assets acquired during the marriage are typically regarded as marital property. Minnesota is not a community property state. The state Read More

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How the Discovery Process Works During Divorce

When you are involved in a divorce proceeding, you’ll go through a process called discovery. Discovery happens in most legal cases. It’s a form of evidence-gathering, so that both parties are working with the same information. In a divorce proceeding, discovery is used to get a clear picture of a couple’s financial situation, including details Read More

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Understanding Spousal Support

Spousal support can be a contentious topic between divorcing spouses. Most people want to know whether they’ll have to pay or receive spousal support, and what might affect that determination. Spousal support is designed to ensure the lower-earning spouse’s standard of living doesn’t decline too much—at least until they’re able to support themselves. Here’s what Read More

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