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What Is a Postnuptial Agreement?

Marriage is a legal and financial commitment. While many couples choose to sign a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot, some may find themselves wanting to establish financial arrangements after they’re already married. Postnuptial agreements, explained A postnuptial agreement, also known as a “post-marital agreement” or “postnup,” is a contract created by spouses after entering Read More

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What Does “Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage” Really Mean?

Divorces rarely play out like we see on TV and in movies. Although infidelity, abandonment and related issues may seem relevant to the wronged party, chances are that your family court judge won’t take them into account when divvying up assets and ruling on custody and support. Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. Either party 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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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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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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What to Know Before Getting Married, As Told By Divorce Lawyers

Divorce lawyers in the online Buzzfeed community recently shared advice they would give to couples about to get married. Here are just a few examples of some of the more salient pieces of advice provided: Talk about important issues before tying the knot: It’s great to be in love and to have romantic notions of Read More

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Can I Get Married in Minnesota?

Can an undocumented immigrant get married in Minnesota? Every person living in the United States has a legal right to get married, regardless of immigration status. However, it’s important to remember that being married in the United States or even being married to an American citizen does not protect you from potential deportation. If you Read More

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Common Questions About Changing Your Name After Marriage

When you get married, you have numerous options for what you will do when it comes to changing your name. The following are a few of the questions we most frequently receive from our clients on this issue: Q: Can we both decide to change our names to a hyphenated version of our last names Read More

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