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Why would a couple want to create a prenuptial agreement?


Minnesota residents who are going to get married have a lot to think about. One consideration is whether or not to sign a prenuptial agreement. For some, the thought of signing a prenuptial agreement is unromantic. Others may be confused about the specifics of prenuptial agreements -- the ways they can be used, their benefits and the legalities surrounding them. However, once they learn a little more, couples may find that prenuptial agreements can be a pragmatic, practical choice.

Helping you navigate child support issues in a divorce


Initiating a divorce can be a difficult step to take. However, when children are involved, parents are often faced with even more challenging issues. The first item up for discussion is often child custody. Yet, even when an agreement is quickly reached with regard to this issue, divorcing parents may still have a number of other complicated matters to address. When a parent requests child support, for example, a heated dispute can ensure.

What are the issues involved in divorce?


Minnesota residents may be unclear on some of the elements involved in divorce. Every divorce is unique, and some issues that affect one divorce may not play a part in the other. Plus, most divorcing couples have goals that are unique to their situation. Depending on the specifics of the situation, there may be legal intricacies that could alter the course of a divorce. Attorneys are available to help divorcing couples decide on a plan of action that is right for them.

Why second marriages are more likely to end in divorce


Studies show that second marriages are even more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. While some of the reasons may seem a bit obvious, other reasons for this may surprise you. Many people could see that the initial "fear factor" of actually taking the step to a divorce is less intimidating once it has been done already. If a spouse has experienced divorce before, the spouse already knows what it takes and how refreshing it can be to get out of an unhealthy relationship, even if it means ending another marriage.

Ways to successfully co-parent after divorce


The most challenging issues faced by divorcing parents in Minnesota are those related to the children. While the end of a marriage is a tough event to go through, it can be an even more challenging time for the children involved. Therefore, it is important to take the time to consider the needs and best interests of the children when developing a child custody arrangement.

Child support covers more than you may think


When one parent is granted custody of a child, it is not uncommon for the courts to award child support to be paid by the noncustodial parent. Considering that the custodial parent has the responsibility of caring for the child, it is generally understood that the parent will have less time available to work, and hence may be at a financial disadvantage over the non-custodial parent. So what child support cover?

What to expect when filing for same-sex divorce?


Same-sex marriage, much like traditional marriage, is not always smooth sailing. Sometimes married couples make the difficult decision to part-ways or to file for divorce. When filing for divorce, same-sex couples generally have questions any person would have; questions about property division, child custody and alimony to name a few. Before the Supreme Court's ruling in 2015 on same-sex marriage - this wasn't always the case.

Requests for genetic testing must be offered with facts


Paternity involves establishing a man as a child's biological father. As discussed in prior posts on this Minnesota family law blog, with the establishment of paternity comes many rights and responsibilities for the father. In some cases a claim for paternity may be made by a man who wishes to have involvement in his child's life. In other scenarios a claim of paternity may be initiated by a mother who wants her child's father to participate in the care and expenses associated with raising the child.

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