From court fees to alimony, divorce can be a costly affair. Financial suffering often follows, especially as divorced spouses transition from two incomes to one. By establishing the following prudent habits early on, you can set yourself up for success without your spouse's financial contributions.
Parenting teens can be tricky in the best of times. What happens, then, when you combine the emotional volatility of adolescence with the upheaval of divorce? The results are rarely pretty, and yet, if you're like many couples, divorce may be the best path for your family. The good news? Your divorce need not destroy your child's teenage years. Many teens thrive, even as their parents deal with the fallout of dissolution. Ultimately, it all comes down to your parenting approach. Follow these tips to ensure the easiest possible transition:
Divorce is largely a financial affair. In an ideal scenario, both spouses would be completely honest and transparent in the interest of expediting the process — but often, financial deception is just as evident in divorce as it was during the ill-fated marriage. Don't let your ex get away with deceptive behavior that could destroy your ability to get a clean shake in the divorce process. With a little help, it may be possible to uncover hidden funds — and alter your divorce arrangements accordingly. Keep the following in mind if your spouse's financial status seems shady:
Whether you love life in Minnesota or are desperate to escape the chill, you might be ready for a new start — and a new state — following your divorce. Unfortunately, moving after divorce isn't as simple as packing up and heading out — especially if you hope to leave the state. Keep the following considerations in mind as you prepare for your big move:
Divorce is hard on any child, but it poses the most significant problems for those with special needs. Often vulnerable to the smallest disruptions, children may suffer huge setbacks if their family splits up. This shouldn't be reason enough to remain in a bad marriage; the chaos of a dysfunctional relationship is arguably far worse for children than the brief difficulties of divorce. Still, it's essential that you proceed with caution — one wrong move could spell years of suffering for your special needs child. Keep the following in mind as you pursue the least disruptive divorce possible:
The stress and chaos of military life can throw even the strongest relationships for a loop. Interestingly, however, military couples aren't as destined for divorce as outsiders seem to think. Read on for fascinating statistics about the prevalence of military divorce — and how dramatically it can vary from one situation to the next:
When picturing the financial implications of divorce, most spouses worry about their houses or alimony. Often, however, other issues warrant more attention. For some couples, retirement can be the most impacted aspect of divorce — and also, the most difficult to navigate. This is especially true in Minnesota, where courts make it clear that, when one spouse earns retirement benefits, the other spouse enjoys a "just and equitable" share, merely due to their status as married.
As you prepare to inform your children of your impending divorce, expect questions — most of which will be difficult to answer. How you respond to these queries may, in part, determine how well your children handle your divorce. A few top questions are highlighted below:
Divorce is never easy, but mental health issues can add an additional layer of complication. Minnesota is a no-fault dissolution state, so illness (whether physical or mental in nature) cannot serve as grounds for divorce. Still, mental illness can play a significant role in several aspects of divorce — most notably, maintenance and child custody.
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: