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What is a collaborative divorce?

When people get married in Minnesota, very few do so with the intention of getting divorced later on down the road. As ugly and contentious as divorces can get, if you and your partner’s situation is still quite amicable, then you may want to consider getting a collaborative divorce.

Surviving divorce emotionally

No matter how amicable the split, ending a relationship is never easy. With all the time, money and emotions that were invested into their relationships, many couples in Minnesota find themselves wondering if they are capable of surviving this situation emotionally. Divorce is new territory for many people. The best way for separating couples to start is to be brave so they can learn new skills to face and overcome any challenges they encounter head on, states the Guardian.

Older children and divorce

In Minnesota, it is not uncommon for couples to split and file for divorce once their children reach a certain age. Legal separations are often seen as less damaging to older children. Younger kids are often the focus for many counseling and therapeutic resources, not older children. However, older kids even those who are well into adulthood are still impacted by their mom and dad’s decision to go their separate ways.

How divorce affects young children

No matter how amicable divorce may be between former spouses in Minnesota, it has a major impact on everyone in the family. Young children are more likely to be affected by this situation. Parents should become more familiar with how their legal separation affects their kids to prevent divorce-related issues.

Transitioning to a single parent status

Divorce is a time where two-parent households in Minnesota become one and former spouses must learn to co-parent. The transition to single parent status may be filled with hurdles, but the right parenting plan, approach and actions can make the situation an easier one for both the parents and their children to adjust to.

Divorcing couples should separate finances as soon as possible

Couples who are considering divorce in Minnesota should separate their finances as soon as possible. Divorces can become very expensive. Each party in the relationship should be financially stable enough to support themselves once their separation has been finalized. Regardless of who was the primary breadwinner in the relationship, there are some steps that couples can take to protect themselves from the financial chaos that often ensues with divorce.

Moving out of the marital home

One aspect that some couples in Minnesota fail to completely consider during the beginning stages of their divorce is moving out of the marital home. Both parties may have a lot invested into the property and have valid reasons for wanting to remain put. However, doing so could create some complications in the near future. To avoid having the courts make an undesirable decision about who gets to remain in the home, ex-spouses should work towards resolving the matter themselves.

Divorce and mortgages

Deciding who gets what in a divorce in Minnesota can be tough, especially if the split is not an amicable one. A mortgage is often one of the biggest assets a couple has together. There are some measures that can be taken to keep the situation from becoming messy. According to Time, Inc., divorcing couples should try to resolve their mortgage concerns before their split is final. Any decisions that are made should be done with all emotions and personal feelings set aside. Both parties should not have any expectations and they should be prepared to sell or refinance the mortgage if necessary.

Divorce without an attorney is not necessarily faster or smarter

It is understandable that once a decision is made to divorce, some people want the process to go as fast as possible so to move on with life. However, as the Minnesota Judicial Branch website reports, divorce in Minnesota is "a lot more complicated than getting married," sometimes taking several months to complete.

The importance of prenuptial agreements

Before couples in Minnesota say “I Do,” they should take some time to plan out their prenuptial agreement. No one really likes to think about separations and divorce when they are in the process of getting married and making decisions about how they will spend the rest of their lives with their significant others. However, doing so can offer them some protection from the ravaging consequences of divorce should they separate from their soon-to-be spouse and things get ugly.

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