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What to Know About Property Division in Minnesota

Minnesota is an equitable division of property state, as well as a no-fault divorce state. This means that the fault for the breakdown of the marriage will not affect the property division, and the property is to be divided based on what is just and equitable — not necessarily exactly equal. Some of the factors the Read More

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When You Might Consider Implementing a Postnuptial Agreement

Postnuptial agreements are legally binding contracts established by couples after their marriage begins. Couples will typically implement a postnuptial agreement after certain major life changes occur. What those agreements contain can vary widely based on the couple, including some estate planning elements and, much like an antenuptial (prenuptial) agreement, some agreements over what would happen Read More

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When Challenges Occur to Prenuptial (Antenuptial) Agreements

Prenuptial agreements (called antenuptial agreements in Minnesota) are useful tools for setting some general “ground rules” of a marriage and agreeing beforehand on how assets and liabilities would be distributed in the event of divorce. However, there are some circumstances in which one person might challenge the validity of the agreement during a divorce. This Read More

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What You Should Know About Estate Planning After Divorce

Once your divorce is finalized, there will be a lot of changes you need to make in your life to accommodate your new situation. Any time you have a major change in your life, it’s a good time to revisit your estate plan, and a divorce is no exception. Most divorces provide for the fact Read More

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Tips for Protecting Your Business in a Divorce

If you’re a business owner going through a divorce, it’s critical you do everything you can to protect your business interests. Your livelihood moving forward depends on it. Here are just a few strategies you can employ to accomplish this. Contracts: You can develop either a prenuptial (referred to as antenuptial agreements in Minnesota) or Read More

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Why Don’t Judges Just Accept a Kid’s Custody Wishes?

There are many factors that go into a judge’s decision for how parents will share child custody. In cases involving older children, the judge must at least take into consideration the child’s own wishes for custody. Ultimately, however, the child’s wishes are not the only determining factor. Why is it that judges will not just Read More

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Tips for Good Communication with Your Divorce Attorney

During your divorce process, chances are you are going to have a lot of questions and concerns that come up at various times. It is helpful to have a good relationship with your divorce attorney so that you can get the answers and feedback you need. The following are some tips for communicating with your Read More

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The Truth Behind Common Child Support Myths

There are many myths that surround child support in divorce proceedings, including misconceptions on how judges determine support arrangements and responsibilities for payments. We’ve collected a few of the most common myths about child support we’ve come across to set the record straight. MYTH: If the parties agree, child support can be waived. Even in Read More

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How Does Back Child Support Work?

A person who does not make child support payments in accordance with the court order will still be held responsible for fulfilling their support responsibilities. In some cases, back child support payments may also include interest charges and other fees added on top of the money owed. States typically have jurisdiction over handling back child Read More

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Keeping the Peace During a Divorce

Even the least confrontational divorces represent difficult transitionary periods in one’s life. The process becomes much more difficult if there exists a significant amount of contention between the two divorcing spouses. Below are some tips for keeping the peace in a divorce so you can reduce the stress (and length) of the process as much Read More

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