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Steps to Take as Soon as Your Divorce is Finalized

When your divorce is finalized, there are still a few tasks you will need to perform to protect yourself and get off to the right start in your new life. The following are a few of the steps you should take as soon as your divorce is official. Review your paperwork: Make sure you are Read More

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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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Could Mental Health Issues Lead to a Loss of Parental Rights?

During a divorce, if either spouse is dealing with serious diagnosed mental health issues, it could affect anything from property division to child custody. As always, the judge will need to spend some time considering what is in the children’s best interests before making any big decisions. If the circumstances of the condition are extreme, 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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Can You Get Alimony/Spousal Maintenance After a Divorce is Finalized?

During your divorce, the court may award you alimony (called spousal maintenance in Minnesota), which you would begin receiving in monthly installments at such time the court issues an order for spousal maintenance. This spousal maintenance arrangement may be permanent or temporary, depending on the circumstances of your marriage and divorce. When the divorce is 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 if I Want a Divorce, But Don’t Know Where My Spouse Is?

It is fairly common people to lose track of a spouse after separation. This, however, adds some complications to an ensuing divorce. Fortunately, divorce is still possible even if the other spouse is difficult to locate. The following a brief overview of some of the steps you will need to take: Order of notice by Read More

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What is Parental Kidnapping?

Parental kidnapping is defined in court as the removal, concealment or retention of a child in violation of the custody or visitation rights and the child’s own rights. The circumstances may involve a parent attempting to take a child out of the United States, or simply refusing to give a child back after their time 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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