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Prenups in Minnesota must be signed without undue pressure

Love does not always last forever, and unless you hire a savvy lawyer, your prenuptial agreement might not last either.

A prenuptial agreement – commonly known as a prenup and in Minnesota legalese known as an antenuptial agreement – is drawn up between a couple before their marriage to determine the disposition of assets that are both brought into the marriage and, in some cases, assets that accrue during a marriage.

Is it time to modify your custody orders?

Life may throw many circumstantial changes at you, maybe when you least expect it. You and your co-parent may have walked away from the divorce court with an agreeable set of child custody and parenting time orders, but might now find that the terms no longer suit your current parenting needs. If you are struggling to keep up with your original co-parenting plan, it may be time to modify your custody orders in court.

Before you proceed with the decision, keep in mind that a court will only modify custody orders based on the bests interests of your child. Consider whether your motivations for requesting a modification align with some of the most common reasons that qualify:

Coping with your divorce

No one gets married with the hope of one day getting divorced. Yet, many marriages may come to an end for one reason or another. Regardless of the cause, filing for divorce is a major life decision that may come with significant emotional stress. Although it may not seem like you have the strength to get over such a difficult event at the moment, there are a few helpful tips you can keep in mind to cope with the pain:

What happens to the house during divorce?

When you and your spouse have lived together for a long time, going through a divorce can be especially challenging. Among the many issues that come with separation, you may be particularly concerned with who will get to keep your house.

If you and your spouse are worried about the post-marital fate of your home, there may be a range of approaches for you to take. The two most common options include:

Can you settle divorce issues with early neutral evaluation?

Things can get contentious during a divorce. You and your former spouse are trying to agree about how to divide property, money and often, time with children. These issues are deeply personal, and in a situation where tensions are running high, matters can escalate quickly.

If you and your soon-to-be ex are about to head to court, you may want to consider a type of alternative dispute resolution known as early neutral evaluation. It could save you time, money and heartache.

How to deal with a spouse hiding assets during a divorce

A recent criminal case involving a University of Minnesota professor shows how far some people will go to deceive their exes during a divorce. According to The Star Tribune, a jury found the professor guilty of one count of attempted theft by swindle and two counts of aggravated forgery.

The criminal case alleged that he forged financial documents from one of his retirement accounts and left out critical information on another retirement account statement. In doing so, the professor grossly misrepresented his assets to hide money. This deception could have resulted in a loss of $353,649 for his former wife during the divorce.

How to talk to adult children about gray divorce

Many couples have begun to divorce well into their 50s and 60s. There are many differences with these kinds of divorces compared to other ones, including the fact that the couple will most likely have adult children who no longer live at home but are nonetheless unhappy to hear their parents want to separate.

Couples with adult children need to remember that they are always parents. That means they need to put the emotional well-being of their children over their own self-interests. Divorcing at a later age may be necessary, but you still want to ensure your children are all right during this time. Here are some tips on how to talk with them about this process:

There's an app for that: technology making it easier to co-parent

After a divorce, one of the hardest changes can be the transition to co-parenting. Depending on how your relationship ended, co-parenting with your ex might sound exhausting.

Both sides may walk on eggshells for years, even in a perfectly amicable divorce. It may be awkward to talk to your ex-- but when you co-parent, communication is a necessary part of life. With another school year in full swing, sharing schedules, supplies, and sports can feel like taking on another full-time job.

Sending your kids back-to-school after divorce

Back-to-school season is upon us. You can’t walk into a store without seeing a multitude of backpacks, post-it notes and lunch boxes. As summer stands on its last legs, sending your child back to school after you have just gone through a divorce can be daunting.

This situation is uncharted territory and can be tough on both you and your children. Believe it or not, back-to-school may be more frightening for your child than you. Several questions could be going through their head, such as “what do I tell my friends and teachers?” and “who will help me with my homework?”

Is A “Nesting” Arrangement Right For Your Divorce?

If you are a divorced parent or a parent planning to divorce, you already know your children’s well-being is at the top of the list of your concerns. That concern normally takes shape when it comes to deciding parenting time, which child goes with what parent and when.

In the past, parenting time was considered strictly in terms of which parent’s house the children would go to for a given period of time. In other words, each parent has a house and the children come to the parents.


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