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What to Do if a Child Does Not Cooperate with Visitation

Divorce can be hard on children and parents alike. Your divorce decree will contain a custody plan and visitation schedule. Depending on the processes you used in your divorce, you and your ex may have agreed on these terms yourselves, or had them laid out by the court. If a child refuses to comply with Read More

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Who Gets to Pick a Child’s Religion After Divorce?

When parents with different religious beliefs get divorced, there may be some debate as to which parent will be able to have the greater influence on the children’s religious upbringing. There are several standards courts will use in family law cases regarding decisions about religion. They are as follows: Actual or substantive harm: Courts will Read More

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Can Religion Affect Child Custody Arrangements?

In most cases, the court will not use the religious beliefs of one parent as a primary determinant for child custody arrangements. However, that doesn’t mean religion won’t factor into custody decisions at all—just that it is likely to be one of a multitude of factors. For religion to be one of the primary determining Read More

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Can You Modify Alimony Arrangements?

Alimony (called spousal maintenance in Minnesota) arrangements are common when there is a significant gap in earning capacity between divorcing spouses. The divorce decree will contain information specific to spousal maintenance that defines how much will be paid and when those payments will be due each month. It will also define how long spousal maintenance Read More

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Examples of Common Financial Mistakes that Occur in Divorce Settlements

As you go through the process of negotiating a divorce settlement, it is crucial you carefully think through all of your decisions with the assistance of your attorney to prevent yourself from accidentally accepting a deal that could be financially damaging to you in the long run. Here are a few examples of some of Read More

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Common Myths Associated With the Property Division Process

Of the various topics that arise during the divorce process, property division is one that frequently has the most misconceptions associated with it. With this in mind, here are a few examples of some common property division myths and the truths behind them. MYTH: Property and assets will be divided equally The term you need Read More

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Why You Should Get More Exercise During Your Divorce

One of the most common pieces of advice people get as they go through a divorce is to join a gym or running group, or to simply find a way to get more exercise. This might not seem like particularly helpful advice on its face, but you may be surprised at just how many benefits Read More

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Signs You Should Consider Going to Marriage Counseling

Are you starting to worry about the state of your marriage? Attending marriage counseling can be a great decision that can get you and your spouse communicating more openly with each other again, and potentially save your relationship. Here are some signs you should consider going to marriage counseling. You don’t speak much: If you Read More

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What Are Some Common Risk Factors Associated With Divorce?

While divorces have, according to national statistics, been on the decline for the last decade or so, there are still a large percentage of marriages that end in divorce. Marriage counselors, divorce attorneys and sociologists have studied divorcing couples for years and are generally able to point to a certain set of “risk factors” that Read More

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Being Cordial With Your Spouse Can Save Money in Your Divorce

The more contentious a divorce is, the more likely it is to become drawn out and expensive. It stands to reason, then, that you can save quite a bit of money by simply being cordial with your spouse. Of course, this is much more easily said than done in some circumstances. But consider the amount Read More

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