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Minnesota court to train child custody mediators

The Blue Earth County District Court recently held a training session for individuals interested in becoming court appointed mediators. The participants in the training were expected to learn skills helpful in resolving parental disputes. These individuals are turned to when court intervention is not desirable or a court order is ambiguous.

For instance, enforcing a child custody order may be straight forward when it comes to school night versus weekends. Things may get less clear, however, during a holiday. While parental rights are determined by a Minnesota court, a mediator may be able to help parents resolve more minor issues like visitation rights on a specific day or night.

Managing real estate vital in Minnesota divorce

When a married couple decides to get a divorce in Minnesota, they eventually realize that every little bit of property they own will need to be divvied up amongst them. While the smallest items often cause the most stress in a divorce, bigger assets carry more complexities.

Generally, divorcing couples will decide who gets the house or who gets the vacation property first. This makes sense since they are usually a couple's biggest asset. While the decision of who will get to live in the house may be an easy one, managing the real estate issues involved may not be so cut and dry.

Should you speak to an expert about your family law problem?

Minnesota is one of the best places in the world to raise a family. For generations, our children have received the education, opportunity and support needed to be successful. This environment remains encouraging for those raising children in today's society and hoping their kids have it just a little better than them.

These hopes, however, can be put in jeopardy by a variety of situations. From divorce, to a parent's disability or drug addition, to the child's own development needs, a successful future may depend on the administration of a current problem. Fortunately, family law has evolved to protect the best interests of children.

Minnesota parents encouraged to know basics of child custody

We hear all the time that this parent has custody or that parent gets the kids this weekend. Despite the commonality of parenting time arrangements around the state, Minnesota parents often do not know the practicalities of child custody disputes until they are forced to confront them themselves.

For instance, child custody issues can arise in situations other than a divorce or parental separation. Paternity actions, domestic abuse allegations or juvenile proceedings may all call into question the current custody scenario.

Finding All Assets May Be Critical In Divorce Proceedings

Broken down, the basic laws governing property division in a divorce are simple. The assets are to be split equitably, which does not necessarily mean equally. The devil, of course, is in the details. Even still, when all the assets are laid out on the table, property division is relatively straight forward. Spouses are either able to come to a mutually agreeable settlement via mediation or a judge will order the property to be split in a specific way.

In a surprisingly large number of divorce cases, however, including those in Minnesota, where assets are hidden or allegations of asset hiding are made. While this may seem salacious, it is not uncommon for spouses to keep assets separate even when things are running smoothly. When the relationship begins to falter, then, there is more incentive to find a soft landing zone for one's assets.

Minnesota's Judicial Branch helps those seeking divorce

Divorce is a word we hear almost every single day. Despite the commonality, however, many Minnesota residents do not understand simple concepts associated with a divorce. Instead, they are inundated with media that spins a distorted view of reality. Fortunately, Minnesota's judges are committed to helping residents understand what is required and involved in divorce proceedings.

On its website, Minnesota's courts have provided a list of divorce basics. Among them is a note that what is commonly referred to as divorce is more appropriately named a "dissolution of marriage" in Minnesota. Also, the courts inform inquiring minds that to get a dissolution of marriage in Minnesota, one of the spouses must be a resident for at least the past 180 days.

Minnesota's same-sex marriage law turns one

August 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the Minnesota law legalizing same-sex marriages. According to reports, Minnesota has issued approximately 3,885 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the law was put into effect.

Despite the year long run of same-sex weddings, the political debate swirling around the new law is not over. Many pundits see voters in certain districts opposing candidates that took a stance on this issue that was contrary to the local base. Behind this public conversation over allowing same-sex couples to get married, though, many same-sex couples actually benefitted from the new law by getting a divorce.

Minnesota experts help individuals avoid divorce pitfalls

Divorce proceedings are often stereotyped as a money grab. From the outside looking in, bystanders justifiably characterize the process as an all-out fight for the biggest piece of the pie. The generalization, though, is something local St. Paul lawyers are aggressively seeking to change.

Unlike other types of litigation, divorce is not a finite event. Rather, it has a significant impact on the rest of your life. From long-term relationships with your children to accumulating assets for retirement, a divorce can materially affect some of life's most important issues.

Book gets Minnesotans talking about divorce

French economist, Thomas Piketty, is receiving world-wide attention after publishing a book titled, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." According to reports, the book posits that capitalism may grow out of fashion in the future. While the assertion is sure to ruffle feathers here in capitalistic America, his book does raise other issues, which have sparked a constructive conversation.

Like any book with such a topic, erasing inequality is touted as the ideal. One of the causes of inequality, many argue, is the steep rise in family fragmentation. While some assert that the rise in the divorce rate and, derivatively, kids growing up in broken homes has caused inequality. Others, like University of Minnesota professor, Ann Tyler May, suggest it may be the other way around.

Minnesota's Prospective Divorcees Advised on Temporary Orders

At this point, it is a cliché to say that the divorce process is stressful. Multiple factors play into this stress. One of the biggest, however, is financial uncertainty. After all, a prospective divorcee is going from two incomes and one home to one income and potentially supporting two homes. The long-term concerns, though, are sometimes dwarfed by the here and now.

When one files for divorce they may completely cut off the other spouse. From kicking them out of the house to moving assets and hoarding income, a spouse may be left in a precarious spot until a final settlement is reached. Fortunately, Minnesota residents have options to alleviate these concerns.

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