Divorce Education

22
Feb

The Marital Standard of Living Budget – Why Do I Have To Do This?

By: Julie Vogel If you are a candidate to receive spousal maintenance, your attorney will ask you to prepare a “marital standard of living budget.” This task may be the hardest and most tedious part of your divorce, but it is critically important to your claim for spousal maintenance.  Making sure your marital standard of living budget is accurate and

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18
Jan

Non-Marital Property: What’s yours is ours, what’s mine is ours – except when it isn’t.

By: Julie Vogel   Minnesota is an equitable distribution state. That means that all of the marital assets are put into a pot (or onto a balance sheet) and equitably divided between the partners to the marriage. Most often, assets are divided on a roughly equal basis, although under some uncommon circumstances, including undue hardship, one spouse may be awarded

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14
Nov

Taking Control of Legal Fees

By:  Julie Vogel Going through a divorce can be overwhelming. A divorce may be your first and only encounter with an unfamiliar legal system, and it’s an encounter that will result in fundamental changes to the most intimate areas of your life. It is surprisingly common for us to hear a client say, “Cost is no object. The most important

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14
Nov

Pre-Nuptial Agreements: When Love Means having to Say You’re Sorry

By:  M. Sue Wilson What is a pre-nuptial agreement? Pre-nuptial agreements are also known as “antenuptial agreements.” The word “antenuptial” does not mean “against nuptials.” Rather it means “before nuptials,” just as “antebellum” means before the Civil War. A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract that two people who are getting married to each other sign before they get married. In

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14
Nov

What about Grandma and Grandpa?

By:  Julie Vogel  It’s been said that a divorce involving minor children is generational. The effects of divorce extend back to grandparents and forward to future grandchildren, and to all the “lateral” contacts of siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews . . . you get the idea. Often, the most immediate impact of a divorce – outside of the parties themselves

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16
Aug

Socks, Toys and Homework

By: Julie Vogel  We all know divorce is hard on children, especially where parents – wittingly or not – involve the children in their conflict. Our firm’s strong policy is to do whatever we can to keep children out of the middle. To that end, we don’t ask children to express a preference about the big questions of custody and

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18
Jul

BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIPS FOR NEWLY DIVORCED PARENTS

By: Tasya Rivera Martin   July 4th is over and the stores are soon filling up with back-to-school supplies, clothes, etc.  The return of the hectic school schedule is nearly upon us once again…only now you’re doing it as a divorced family.  Here are some helpful tips on how to plan for a stress-free transition back-to-school with your kids post

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25
May

Are the Child Support Guidelines a Good Fit for Everyone?

By: Julie Vogel  In a previous blog by Tasya Rivera Martin, she outlined how the Child Support Guidelines are used in setting the presumptive level of child support in Minnesota family law cases. But what if your circumstances just don’t fit? Are you forced to fit your square peg into the round hole of the Guidelines? The short answer is

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12
May

PARENTING TIME SCHEDULES…WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

By:  Tasya Rivera Martin  There are many different parenting time schedules out there. What may work for one family doesn’t necessarily work for other families.  Different schedules also work at different time periods in your children’s lives.  When determining what schedule is in the best interests of your children and family, it is helpful to consider things like the children’s

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25
Apr

DIVORCED. . . NOW WHAT?

By: Michelle Travers   Whether your divorce was amicable or it took a bit of effort to complete, chances are there are a few loose ends that will need to be tied up before you can say you are officially “done.” Below is a list of common follow-up items that many people need to complete after their divorce is finalized.  Keep

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