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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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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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How to Prepare for Your Divorce

Divorcing a spouse is difficult, even under the most amicable circumstances. Planning for your divorce ahead of time can take some of the stress out of the process. Here are some tips to help you get ready to initiate your divorce: Understand your legal options:Many people believe that divorce can only be accomplished by going to Read More

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Can You Change Your Child’s Name After a Divorce?

If you changed your name when you got married, you might be eager to return to your original surname after you’re divorced. What if you want to change your child’s name, too? Minnesota allows parents to petition for a name change under Minnesota Statute Section 259.11. However, if the other parent contests the name change, Read More

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Is Your Inheritance Considered Separate Property?

For many people, inheriting property from parents, grandparents or other loved ones is an emotional prospect. If you decide to divorce, the idea of selling or sharing that property with your ex-spouse is upsetting. Luckily, most inheritance is considered separate property. When is an inheritance considered martial property? In most cases, any inheritance you receive—even Read More

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Gray Divorce Can Be Financially Devastating for Women

There’s a significant societal assumption that when a man and woman divorce, the wife will automatically end up “taking him for everything he has.” Nothing could be further from the truth, especially when it comes to “gray” divorce. When couples over the age of 50 divorce, it can be financially devastating for the female partner. Read More

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Do You Have to Legally Separate Before Divorce?

Divorce laws can vary between states. If you’re filing for divorce in Minnesota, you might wonder whether you’re required to legally separate before the divorce is final. Minnesota does not require legal separation before divorce. Here’s what you need to know before you decide your next steps. What is legal separation? Legal separation is usually Read More

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Why Mediation Could Be Right for Your Divorce

When your marriage is beyond repair, a divorce can provide both spouses with a fresh new start. Mediation could be right for you: it’s a less adversarial solution that can save time, money and stress. Here are some of the benefits to mediation: Save money: Divorces can be expensive, especially if you’re fighting out every Read More

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Situations in Which Mediation Might Not be a Good Idea

Mediation can be an extremely effective tool for many people going through a divorce. In the right circumstances it will reduce the amount of conflict between the couple and it will cut down on the cost of divorce. However, divorce is not necessarily right for all couples. Here are some situations in which traditional divorce Read More

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