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Spousal Maintenance and Related Financial Laws

Last month I updated you on the changes occurring to the custody laws.  The 2015 legislature decided that the changes to the laws on custody were not the only laws that needed a shining (See e-blog on 2015 Changes to Custody Laws, dated June 25).  They also decided that some financial laws related primarily to […]

Custody Law Overhaul – Biggest Changes In 30 Years

2015 Changes to Custody Laws The Minnesota legislature made huge changes to the laws governing custody and the laws take effect August 1, 2015. The changes endeavor to bring Minnesota custody law into the 21st century.   Among these are changes to the “best interest standards” (Minn.Stat.§518.17).   These are the factors used by custody evaluators to […]

Sterling v. Stiviano – Gold Diggers Need Not Shake in their Booties

In March 2015 Rochelle Sterling, as the wife of Donald Sterling, sued V. Stiviano alleging that Ms. Stiviano had received community property in excess of $2.6 million without Mrs. Sterling’s knowledge and consent.  She asked that Ms. Stiviano be ordered to return what she received from Mr. Sterling.  Ms. Stiviano declined to return the assets.  […]

The Grieving Process of Divorce

Learn to come to grips with the sense of loss that happens in divorce. The grieving process involves five distinct stages. These are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Not everyone experiences all five stages and not everyone experiences them in the same order.

For Better or Worse

Considering marriage counseling? Most couples base their therapist choice on insurance coverage and location only instead of interviewing multiple people. Couples in crisis can solve many of the problems that threaten their partnerships. What they need to realize, however, is that making things work isn’t always easy.

The Shrink Rap

Exactly what happens in a therapist’s office? Years of navel-gazing introspection on a couch, like Woody Allen in Annie Hall? A quick-as-wink diagnosis from a wittier-than-thou psychiatrist like TV’s favorite shrink-jock, Frasier Crane? Or a groovy, avant-garde therapist who’s crazier than his patients, á la Ally McBeal? Therapy 101: Twin Cities therapists talk about what to expect from your time on the couch. Learn how it works and if therapy is the right option for you.

10 Tips for Divorcing Parents

Divorces are never easy on kids regardless of age. Learn more about different ways parents can use to make this difficult time easier on their children.

Children’s Bill of Rights in a Divorce

Every kid should know he or she has rights, especially during a divorce. Click to learn more about a child’s bill of rights.

Why Do Couples Sign Antenuptial Contracts?

Most couples enter into an antenuptial agreement because they have assets they wish to protect in the event of divorce or separation. Click to learn more.

2013 Legislative Changes Affecting Marriage and Divorce In Minnesota

August 1st is the day on which the majority of changes to Minnesota law go into effect. Most years this date comes and goes with little fanfare. This year was different. Minnesota became the thirteenth state to permit same sex marriage and high profile wedding ceremonies began at midnight on August 1. In addition to the passage of same sex marriage, there are other changes to the law that may have a significant impact on those already divorced and those beginning the process.