Spousal Maintenance, the 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

Spousal Maintenance, the 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

The topic of spousal maintenance (also referred to as alimony) is commonly dealt with in family law, but 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 in detail,…

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).…

Planning Your Blended Family’s Spring Break Vacation

Planning Your Blended Family’s Spring Break Vacation

When the winter chill just won’t let up, planning your blended family’s spring break vacation is a great excuse to let your mind wander to warmer thoughts. As exciting as a family vacation is, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when planning…

Divorce and Investing

Divorce and Investing

There are many changes that occur with divorce, especially in the realm of finances. The assets and income that was once available to a single household is now split, yet the total expenses are typically greater. For those who receive a financial settlement in their…

Calming the Storm: Tips for an Amicable Divorce

Calming the Storm: Tips for an Amicable Divorce

The media is abundant with horror stories about couples ending their marriages and dragging each other through the mud in the process. Fights over property, finances, kids, and pets are common; common and yet, unnecessary when a couple makes the rational decision to have an…

4 Steps to Secure Your Emotional Well-being During a Divorce

4 Steps to Secure Your Emotional Well-being During a Divorce

There is a reason divorce always ranks among the top two stressors. The only stressor that tops divorce is the death of a loved one. Divorce is a type of death itself. Like any death, survivors go through a grieving process. This emotionally-charged process requires…