On March 12, 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed denial of a request to modify spousal maintenance. The decision in Chadwick v. Chadwick is an interesting read; it’s been a while since we’ve reviewed a chain of opinions with such contrast among the lower and higher court.
As you get excited about adoption, it's important to get informed. Unfortunately, most books, podcasts, and other resources focus on domestic adoption. Looking for targeted information on the international process and its aftermath? Add these books to your reading list:
From infidelity to open relationships, sexual exclusivity is not as common in marriage as we like to think. Unfortunately, polyamory can create major legal complications, especially for divorcing spouses. The following are a few of the greatest legal pitfalls polyamorous spouses face:
Shows such as 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and the Secret Life of the American Teenager increased our awareness of teen pregnancy. Since these programs took over TV, the teen pregnancy rate has dropped to an all-time low of 22.3 per 1,000 women aged 15-19. In Minnesota, the teen pregnancy rate dropped 69 percent between 1990 and 2015.
One quarter of the estimated one million immigrants who gain legal status each year do so through marriage. Unfortunately, these marriages have a high failure rate — and divorce can be complicated. Keep the following in mind if you intend to divorce a foreign national:
Your soon-to-be ex-spouse is bound and determined to delay your divorce. Unfortunately, his or her efforts mean more courtroom appearances, more legal consultations, and higher bills. Thankfully, you're not powerless. These steps may help to decrease both your divorce timeline and your :
Recent changes in and proposals regarding Minnesota (and federal) legislation promise to significantly alter the divorce process. Changes to spousal maintenance arrangements are of particularly significant concern to both currently divorcing and already divorced spouses. It is important to keep abreast of such developments, as they could impact your tax return or your maintenance obligations. Read on to learn more about recent updates in spousal maintenance law:
Orders for protection (OFP) allow Minnesota spouses, family members, and roommates to limit their exposure to abusive individuals. Unfortunately, not all OFPs are pursued on honest grounds. Sometimes, alleged victims seek OFPs in hopes of unfairly securing custody, or simply punishing former partners. These orders may last for up to two years, causing undue suffering on behalf of the wrongful recipient.