Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

Going through a divorce is never easy for a family. The spousal support laws vary from state to state and can be extremely confusing. Thankfully, you can rely on your family law attorney to be a valuable resource in navigating these complex issues. What are the spousal support laws in Minnesota? Minnesota courts have the power to order one spouse to pay alimony to the other (also referred to as spousal maintenance.) Often, the spouse who earns less money annually will make a request for spousal support from the higher earning spouse. This ensures that they can each maintain a reasonable standard of living to which they have become accustomed. Other reasons to request spousal support include the inability of one spouse to work..

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Legal Separation vs. Informal Separation in Minnesota

Informal separations happen when one spouse simply moves out of the home. As covered in a previous post, this can give the other spouse significant advantages if a divorce occurs down the road. If a divorce is later decided upon as the way to proceed, the person who had remained in the home may have more rights to maintain ownership as well as more access to the items within the home. The person who moved out may find him/herself at a disadvantage if the relationship has now dissolved past the point of being able to negotiate openly and fairly. However, sometimes informal separations are a cooling off period and the couple may decide to remain together. Every couple’s situation is different. ..

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Most Common Family Law Matters

Family law disputes can be emotionally draining for all parties involved. While there are numerous issues that fall under the family law umbrella, some are more common than others. Some of the most common issues include: Divorce Divorce is what most people think of most often when they hear the term “family law.” Simply put, divorce is the dissolution of marriage, and the process terminates the legal status a couple had together while they were married. In addition to losing the legal status of being married, couples will also go through the sometimes difficult tasks of dividing up their assets and debts, agreeing on child custody/support arrangements, and a host of other issues. Child Support/Custody

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Dealing with Financial Matters in Divorce

Divorce can be complicated – especially when it comes to financial matters. Even couples who are otherwise cooperative on other issues may  find themselves at odds when dividing assets. Numerous things can prevent a couple from coming to an agreement on financial matters and ensuring that each party is satisfied.  A complex financial portfolio, valuable collectibles, business ownership interests and other assets can make it more challenging to settle financial disputes in a divorce. In some cases, a spouse will delay the process by taking a while to provide financial information. Further delays can be caused by unorganized or poorly-prepared paperwork. One way to overcome complex financial issues is a Financial Early Neutral Evaluation, or FENE. This evaluation is held with..

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Divorce vs. Legal Separation in Minnesota

Often what a “couple” considers separation versus what a court considers “separation” are two very different things. There’s a difference between “separation” and “legal separation.” Just because you and your spouse are living apart, it doesn’t mean that you’re legally separated. So, what is legal separation, and how does it differ from a divorce? What is Legal Separation in Minnesota? Legal separation actually changes the status of your marriage. Before you and your spouse can be legally separated, you’ll need to file and serve a petition. It’s important to remember that this is a completely separate process from a divorce. Unlike other states, you’re not required to legally separate before getting a divorce in Minnesota. Legal separation can take just as long as a..

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