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October 2016 Archives

Divorce rate changing retirement plans for baby boomers

The divorce rate in Minnesota and around the country increased during the 70s and 80s, but the effects from this trend are still being felt in the decades after. The baby boomer generation is aging into retirement, and the patterns of divorce that have affected their lives are forming the way they prepare for the future. The divorce trend has been found to be especially injurious to women of that generation.

Divorce and money interests

Although money can be one of the leading reasons why a Minnesota couple divorces, ending a marriage can amplify the issue even as resolutions are sought. There are several important financial areas that are tackled during divorce negotiations, and it is helpful to have an awareness of these matters prior to beginning the process. Failing to think carefully about finances could lead to long-term challenges.

Child support reform may help Minnesota parents

President Obama has introduced plans to ease child support rules for noncustodial parents who are in prison. It is part of an effort to reform the criminal justice system and make it easier for individuals to reenter society after they are released. Republicans say that it would make it easier for parents to get out of paying what they owe, and the Speaker of the House even introduced legislation to ensure that no changes could be made.

The argument for decriminalizing drug possession

Law enforcement in Minnesota and the rest of the nation arrest people for drug possession more than any other type of offense. According to a report released by the Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, low-level drug offenses, such as those for personal use and possession, should be decriminalized.

Unreasonable divorce demands

When Minnesota couples decide to end their marriages due to irreconcilable differences, both parties often seek a fair and equitable divorce settlement. However, sometimes there are situations in which one spouse makes demands that are entirely unreasonable. In such situations, it can be important for the other spouse to not allow their desire to end the marriage to cloud their judgment during the settlement process.

Resolving disputes while co-parenting

Minnesota parents who go through a divorce are usually awarded joint legal custody by the court. This means that both parents have equal rights to make decisions about certain aspects of their children's lives. When parents share joint custody, they won't always agree on parenting decisions, and disputes may arise.

Talking about finances and expectations prior to marriage

Many Minnesota couples do not want think about what would happen if they get a divorce before they have even gotten married. However, 45 to 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce. This is why couples who are considering marriage should have discussions about their expectations and financial status before they tie the knot.

Who gets the house in a Minnesota divorce?

The primary residence is usually the most valuable asset in Minnesota divorce cases, and it is generally dealt with early in property division negotiations. If one spouse owned the property before the couple married, the residence may be viewed as separate property and not subject to division. However, separate property can become comingled if marital income is used for its upkeep or repair. In most cases, the house will have been acquired after the couple married, and there are a number of ways that it can be dealt with during a divorce.

What happens if a child pleads guilty to a crime in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, most children who are charged with crimes go through juvenile court rather than adult criminal court. Before a juvenile court judge will accept a guilty plea from minor defendants, the judge will first advise them and make certain that they understands their rights and what could happen if the court accepts the plea.

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