Posts Categorized: Divorce

Divorce Corp. Review

Posted by & filed under Divorce, General Family Law.

The point of going to see a documentary at a movie theatre is to blend entertainment with getting some insight into the documentary’s topic, right?  Divorce Corp. is neither entertaining nor insightful.  But it probably is not surprising to hear me express that point of view, since Divorce Corp. is meant to be an exposé of the… Read more »

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Four Primary Issues in Divorce

Posted by & filed under Alimony / Spousal Maintenance, Child support, Custody, Divorce, General Family Law, Parenting Time.

Divorce can be a challenging process.  After the initial difficult decision of whether to pursue a dissolution action, many parties wonder where to begin in sorting through the many pieces of the marital relationship.  One helpful place to start is to realize that there are two main issues that apply to every divorce and two… Read more »

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College Expenses and Divorce

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In a divorce, the Minnesota courts cannot impose on a parent the obligation to pay for college. This is because Minnesota family law does not govern children who have reached majority.  The family court will not interfere with the application of existing college funds to tuition expenses, and cannot interfere with the provisions of an… Read more »

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Waiting Period for Divorce – Misguided Idea

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A bill has been introduced in the Minnesota Senate for a two-year waiting period in contested marriage dissolutions that involve children.  The concept of a waiting period is misguided if its purpose is to encourage (force?) parents to stay together “for the kids.” The current law provides that if one spouse (not both) asserts that… Read more »

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Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage

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Under Minnesota law, the statutory basis for dissolving a marriage is one spouse’s (or both spouses’) assertion that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.  It is important to note that it is not required that both spouses assert that the marriage cannot be saved. In many cases, one spouse wants to end… Read more »

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Dividing Retirement Interests in a Divorce

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It is important to consider some distinctions in retirement interests and the way they are divided in a divorce.  A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is commonly needed so that both spouses can have separate interests in a retirement account without problems associated with tax penalties and early withdrawals. The QDRO process involves the two… Read more »

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Divorce is a Transition…Stay the Course

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The process of divorce is often difficult.  The decision to get a divorce is often difficult. And once you’ve made the huge decision and begun the process, you are likely to want nothing more (and nothing less) than to be done with it. One of the difficulties about the hugeness of the decision to divorce… Read more »

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