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…

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).…

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…