Divorce

Telling the Children about Divorce

Sometimes the best way for two parents to move forward is to part ways. Divorce has become a common aspect of family life. One of the biggest questions parents often have is when and how it is best to discuss divorce with their children. Here are some helpful tips to consider when broaching the subject with your kids: Don’t rush the conversation. It may be tempting to have the conversation quickly, like ripping off a bandaid. However, it’s best for all parties involved to schedule the conversation at a time when there is at least an hour or two to process the emotions that come up. Don’t schedule the conversation right before going to school or before bedtime. Different ages need different information. Depending on..

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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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Things to Update After Divorce

The divorce has been finalized. You’ve paid your divorce attorney. Now what? Aside from moving on with your life, there are several things that you’ll need to update after the divorce. While each case is unique, there are some common steps that nearly every couple will take after they’re officially divorced. These include: Dividing up all the property as per the divorce decree. Change your motor vehicle titles to reflect appropriate ownership as per your divorce decree. Change your name with Social Security and on your passport. Change the name on your driver’s license. The requirements for this will vary from state to state, but in most cases, you will need to change your Social Security card before..

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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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How is Child Custody Determined in a Minnesota Divorce?

Child custody is one of the most complicated issues in a Minnesota divorce. Although custody issues seldom go to trial, it’s still difficult for parents to come to an agreement on who should have custody of the child, or if the custody should be shared. It’s important to understand the types of child custody in Minnesota and how custody is determined. Types of Child Custody In Minnesota, there are two primary types of child custody: • Physical • Legal Physical refers to the child’s day-to-day routine and where he or she lives. Legal refers to how the child is raised, such as what school the child attends, his or her health care and religious upbringing. Some parents share custody, which is known as either joint..

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