Spousal Maintenance, the 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

Spousal Maintenance, the 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

In Minnesota, the topic of spousal maintenance (also referred to as alimony) is commonly dealt with during a divorce, and is frequently misunderstood.  Spousal maintenance is awarded to meet need, and it depends on a showing of need.  The marital standard of living is analyzed…

Valentine Proposal? Time to Consider an Antenuptial (Prenuptial) Agreement

Valentine Proposal? Time to Consider an Antenuptial (Prenuptial) Agreement

The last thing anyone who is newly engaged wants to think about is divorce. You are feeling high from the joy of planning your life with the one you love – bringing legal papers and provisions into it can dampen the mood. While we don’t…

Minnesota Divorce Topic - Equitably Dividing Assets and Debts

Minnesota Divorce Topic - Equitably Dividing Assets and Debts

Financial issues are often a sticking point during divorce.  Not only can valuing and dividing assets become a point of contention, but allocating debt can also be a major concern.  In Minnesota Divorce cases, the division of Assets and Debts does not need to be…

Divorce and Your Child's Education

Divorce and Your Child's Education

The emotional difficulties of divorce affect children no matter what their age.  When your children are school-aged, it is quite common to see some temporary changes in their academics.  With love, understanding and patience, you can help your child deal with the issues presented during…

Divorce 101: How to Effectively Allocate Extracurricular Expenses for Teenagers

Divorce 101: How to Effectively Allocate Extracurricular Expenses for Teenagers

If you are in the process of filing for divorce, it is time to consider the needs of your growing children. While younger children have financial needs that are more easily addressed during a divorce, teenagers need additional support that is often difficult to estimate,…

The Use of Mediation to Address Summer Parenting-Time Issues

The Use of Mediation to Address Summer Parenting-Time Issues

All parents face challenges over the summer, but when you are in the middle of a divorce, parenting-time issues are bound to arise.  Both parents typically want to have the children for as much time during the summer as possible. The problem is, your kids…

A Positive Divorce – What We Can Learn From Celebrities

A Positive Divorce – What We Can Learn From Celebrities

There are certain normal events which create major stress in our lives. The top category is life transitions. These transitions include moving, starting a new job, marriage, divorce, and death. It’s tempting to instantly categorize each of these events as a positive or negative experience,…

Minnesota Divorce Issues - Depletion and Dissipation of Assets

Minnesota Divorce Issues - Depletion and Dissipation of Assets

Although Depletion and Dissipation of property carry different meanings, in Minnesota divorce cases the terms are sometimes used synonymously by the Court.  Dissipation is defined by Minnesota case law as “wasting or expending funds foolishly.” Volesky v. Volesky, 412 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. Ct. App. 1987).…