Family Law Updates

Post-Decree Issues - Modifying a Spousal Maintenance Award

Post-Decree Issues - Modifying a Spousal Maintenance Award

Spousal maintenance, also known as “alimony,” is an award of financial support one party (“obligor”) temporarily or permanently provides to the other party (“obligee”) for a mutually agreed-upon or court-ordered amount. A Minnesota court may grant an award upon finding that the obligee is without…

Minnesota Divorce and Disproportionate Divisions of Property

Minnesota Divorce and Disproportionate Divisions of Property

Property division can be a tricky part of your divorce and sometimes can become a point of contention between the parties.  This is why, generally, property divisions are supposed to be equitable so that each party receives a fair amount in the division.  There are…

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…

Benefits of Counseling During and After Divorce

Benefits of Counseling During and After Divorce

The effects of divorce are like those of other significant life-changing events, including natural disasters, illnesses, and serious accidents.[1] The stages of grief-denial, pain and uncertainty, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance-are normal and typical experiences during the divorce process.[2] Whether or not divorce is amicable…

Mediation and Other ADR Processes During Divorce

Mediation and Other ADR Processes During Divorce

Mediation, and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), can be a less stressful and more cost-effective way to resolve divorce disputes. Mediation is a chance for the parties to take control of their divorce and make decisions for their separation that they think will…

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…

An Overview of Antenuptial (Prenuptial) Agreements in Minnesota

An Overview of Antenuptial (Prenuptial) Agreements in Minnesota

Minn. Stat. 519.11 covers the basics of antenuptial contracts. Antenuptial contracts are more commonly referred to as “prenups”. While many people know what prenups are, most don’t know what they can and cannot include, and the logistics and enforceability of them. Simply put, these agreements…

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,…