Most divorces are uncontested, but that certainly doesn't imply that they're amicable. Even the kindest, most considerate spouses may find themselves lashing out at one another throughout the duration of the divorce process. It's only natural at such a stressful time — but this behavior can cause irreparable harm. Struggling to keep your cool? Follow these best practices to keep your divorce as amicable as possible:
Court costs and attorney fees are a natural concern when pursuing divorce via litigation. Financial fears sometimes push couples into making unacceptable compromises in mediation. Thankfully, there's another way. Section 518.14 of the Minnesota Statutes provides the basis for recovering need-based attorney fees, as we explain below:
Whether you're looking to divorce, adopt, or pursue a protective order, you need assistance from a family law firm. Not just any practice will do; thorough vetting can help you choose a law firm suited to your unique needs as a client. Keep an eye out for these top qualities as you vet prospective Minnesota family law firms:
During most custody proceedings, Minnesota courts presume that it is in the child's best interest to maintain strong relationships with both parents — and for custody to be awarded to one or both biological parents. In select cases, however, third-party custody may prove preferable. Read on to learn more about the specific circumstances in which an alternate approach to custody may be approved:
Divorce is never easy, but children complicate matters. When kids are involved, dissolution becomes more than a financial arrangement; divorcing parents must also consider such emotional issues as custody and visitation. These matters are not always permanently resolved through divorce; former spouses may continue to argue about parenting time and other contentious matters. In Minnesota, parenting consultants offer a valuable opportunity to resolve such issues without returning to court.
Within 60 days of an order, every dissatisfied litigant has a right to file an appeal with the Court of Appeals. What are the odds the decision will be turned over? Jason Brown answers your questions in this Appeals 101 vlog:
Behaviors spread more easily than we care to admit. Research suggests that merely having obese friends predisposes you to weight gain. Likewise, you're more likely to pick up a cigarette if your friends regularly smoke. Unfortunately, the same principle holds true with marriage and divorce, as we demonstrate below:
Financial concerns play a significant role in numerous divorces. While unemployment, housing costs, or credit card debt can take their toll, student loan debt is one of the most often cited sources of difficulty. Read on to learn more about the surprising connection between student loan debt and divorce.
Divorce increasingly occurs online, with email accounts and social media profiles playing an especially important role in the process. The online interference doesn't end there, however. Many couples own digital property, which, like any marital assets, must be divided equitably upon divorce. Below, we offer insight into the process of dividing digital assets.
Emotional abuse can take many forms, but it nearly always leads to a fearful spouse who alters behavior in hopes of keeping the abusive person happy. Abusers use tactics often seen in POW camps, as they realize that it's easier to exert control via emotional manipulation than through physical means. Such behavior can leave lasting scars, including feelings of helplessness or shame. Many victims of emotional abuse struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.