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Attorneys report increase in prenups for millennials

Minnesota millennials may be among those throughout the country who are signing prenuptial agreements in growing numbers, and the reasons may include an older age at marriage, the acquisition of family money, and entrepreneurship. With a prenup in place, people may protect assets they bring into a marriage in the event of divorce or their death. A prenup might also ensure that a business owner remains in control of their company and profits.

According to a member survey conducted by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, prenuptial agreements have risen among millennials in the past few years. Talking about divorce is not the most pleasant conversation that a couple headed toward marriage can have, but a prenup can contain provisions that might prevent a divorce. For example, some couples include a marriage counseling requirement for a certain amount of time before the divorce can proceed.

Celebrity hip-hop couple appear headed for custody dispute

Hip-hop fans in Minnesota may be familiar with Joseline Hernandez and Steven Aaron Jordan and their hit reality television series "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta". Hernandez delighted fans when she hinted that she was expecting her first child in a July 1 social media post, but hopes that the celebrity couple would be able to see beyond their differences were dashed when Jordan, who is also known as Stevie J, announced that he would seek full custody of the child if a paternity test identified him as the father.

According to media reports, the 45-year-old hip-hop star plans to seek custody because he fears that Hernandez does not have the kind of temperament needed to raise a child. The 30-year-old singer has a history of using drugs and alcohol, and Jordan is said to believe that even pregnancy has not curbed her appetite for partying. Hernandez indicated in the social media post that started the pregnancy rumors that she will limit her alcohol consumption to red wine while she is expecting.

Researchers report divorce rate dropped again

Married couples living in Minnesota might be less likely to divorce than in previous decades. According to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research,the divorce rate around the country hit its lowest point in 2015 in almost 40 years. It has been steadily declining for the last three years while marriage has been on the rise. However, while marriages in 2015 were at their highest rate in six years, people are not getting married at the same rates they once did, and experts believe this may be one reason that divorce is declining.

In addition to remaining single or moving in with one another instead of getting married, people are getting married later in life. This may also be a contributor to the lower divorce rate. However, some researchers believe that marriages in general still have a 50/50 chance of ending in divorce.

Don't let a holiday celebration get ruined by a DWI

The holidays are a festive time that typically include a lot of parties and family gatherings. They are also a time when local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for people who have over-indulged and may be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Don't let too much celebrating ruin your holiday season. Conservative estimates indicate that - once you include the costs for fines, legal fees, increased insurance premiums and other expenses - a conviction for a first-offense DUI can cost you upwards of $10,000. That figure doesn't even take into account the impact the conviction might have on your ability to do your job or other consequences associated with a DWI.

Court reduces child support payments for Amanda Stanton's ex

Minnesota fans of "Bachelor in Paradise 2016" might know that one of its stars, Amanda Stanton, has recently had a change in the child support she receives from her ex-husband, Nick Buonfiglio. Stanton and Buonfiglio have two daughters and divorced in 2015.

Stanton claimed that Buonfiglio was not there for the children and that she had to care for them herself. Buonfiglio wanted more time with the children and less in child support. He also objected to the children being in the public eye.

Dividing student loan debt in a divorce

When Minnesota couples who are ending their marriage think about property division, what comes to mind is usually marital assets. Dividing real estate, investments and cash during the divorce process can be very complicated. What a lot of people don't think about is that marital debts, including student loans, must be divided as well.

Student loans are one of the greatest sources of debt for many people, so they are often a part of a divorce. Whether one or both spouses have college debt, the debt must be divided in a divorce if it was incurred during the marriage. Any student loan debts that one spouse took on before they were married will be considered that spouse's separate property.

Divorce could cost $1 billion or more

As many Minnesota estranged couples can attest, divorce has the potential to be rather expensive. Donald Trump's first wife received $25 million in cash plus a $14 million estate in a divorce settlement. His second wife received just over $2 million as per their prenuptial agreement. Celebrities such as Mel Gibson, Steven Spielberg and Michael Jordan have been involved in divorce settlements that totaled over $100 million.

However, those are not even close to the most expensive divorce settlement cases of all-time. A case involving Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev saw him pay $604 million to his former wife, which was actually a ruling in his favor. In 2014, a court had ordered him to pay her $4.5 billion. Steve Wynn is a major player in the casino industry, and his wife walked away with roughly $1 billion after their 2010 divorce. This was actually the second time that the two had been divorced with the first coming in 1986.

What child support is for in Minnesota

While child support may help a parent cover the cost of raising a child, there are many costs that it may not cover. For instance, child support is not intended to pay for a babysitter for a young child or to pay for music lessons for a child to play on a select sports team. It also is generally not intended to pay for college, a car or wedding expenses.

It may also not cover costs associated with a child's academic experience such as getting a tutor or buying a yearbook. Therefore, it may be in a parent's best interest to think about these costs while negotiating a divorce settlement. It may be possible to ask the noncustodial parent to help with these costs as part of settlement negotiations. Otherwise, a parent may need to cover these costs on their own to provide their son or daughter with a fulfilling childhood.

What reasonable visitation means

In some Minnesota divorces involving parents of young children, judges will order that one parent has primary physical custody and the other parent has reasonable visitation. This is a form of visitation that does not have a set schedule. Rather, it is determined between the parents.

Reasonable visitation is considered to be the preferred method for parents who are able to get along with each other reasonably well. The parents are left to decide what will work best for their respective schedules, making it more flexible than rigid schedules. What often happens is that the parent with primary custody will have the final say in visitation and would not have to agree to the other parent's proposals for visitation time.

Oak Grove daycare's license revoked after toddlers found wandering outside

Oak Grove, Minnesota daycare Little Me Child Care has been closed indefinitely after its license was suspended in Oct. 7 after two children were found wandering outside on Sept. 5. The children, both toddlers, had left the building unnoticed and were found wandering around a service road located behind the daycare center.

Dozens of past violations

According to records from the state, the childcare center has violated health and safety laws 77 times since it opening, many of which were repeat offenses. In March of this year, a DHS licensor found employees at Little Me Child Care falsifying health policy records by photocopying old records and changing the date, rather than hiring a consultant to complete monthly reviews.


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