November 2014 Archives

Preparing for the divorce process

In this blog and in the media, much attention is paid to the emotional struggles that accompany divorce. There's no doubt that the divorce process can stir up a myriad of negative and conflicting feelings and emotions. Compounding the difficulties of coping with these difficult emotions is the actual divorce process, which is complicated and often lengthy.

Does your partner or spouse have the cheating gene?

When it comes to the laws of attraction, numerous factors often come into play. From how an individual looks to what he or she does for a living to life experiences; attraction and so-called chemistry is often necessary for the development of any romantic relationship.

My ex won't pay child support. Can I withhold visitation?

It can certainly be frustrating not to receive the child support the family court has ordered. For a custodial parent who relies on that money to meet the children's basic needs, the holidays can be a particularly exasperating time for your kids' other parent to come up short. It can put you in a tough position: Do you take the other parent to court right before a big family holiday? Or do you skimp on presents while the other parent seems to have plenty of cash?

Study deems Minnesota's DWI courts a success

With harsh penalties including possible jail or prison time, suspension of one's driver's license and costly fines; a drunk driving conviction is a serious criminal offense. However, despite the possible repercussions, DWI or DUI arrests are common in many states including Minnesota.

Study indicates that, when it comes to making a marriage last, age matters

When dating and looking for a potential future husband or wife, many people admit to having some sort of checklist of must-meet requirements. For example, an individual may prefer to date someone with specific physical attributes or of a certain financial status. Age is often another important factor when it comes to looking for a life partner.

Teens facing criminal charges are often at a critical juncture

Many of us can likely remember back to our teenage years and recall one or more things we did of which we're not proud. From sneaking out of a parent's home to attend an underage drinking party to experimenting with drugs to stealing clothing or other items from a store; even good kids make bad decisions. Teens are often highly influenced by their peers and a desire to fit. In cases where a teen is discovered by be drinking and driving or in the possession of illegal drugs, it’s important to note that one bad decision can have serious and far-reaching implications.

How do the courts decide who is a child's legal father?

If a mother isn't sure who's the biological father of her child -- or if the alleged father doesn't agree -- biological paternity can be determined relatively easily via DNA test. When done correctly, these tests are so accurate that they are accepted as proof of paternity in court.

The divorce process: seeing and understanding the bigger picture

The financial repercussions of a divorce can reverberate for years and negatively impact an individual's ability to meet future goals. While going through a divorce, some individuals are so overcome by the associated emotional aspects that they aren't able to see the forest through the trees. This is when the advice and guidance of a skilled divorce attorney becomes invaluable.

Ensuring for a happy holiday season in the midst of a divorce

While often considered a joyous and happy time of year, the holiday season can be a difficult time for individuals who are going through or who were recently separated or divorced. This is often especially true when shared children are involved. For individuals in facing this situation, it's wise to take steps to mentally and emotionally prepare for the holiday season.

Minneapolis businessman faces 68 criminal counts related to tax crimes

There's a famous quote related to the fact that there are two certainties in life, death and taxes. Let's face it; no one enjoys parting with their hard-earned income and paying taxes. Yet, every year when April 15 rolls around, people in the U.S. dutifully file their income taxes and write checks to the Internal Revenue Service.

If my soon-to-be ex-spouse earns more than me, will I be awarded alimony?

In many marriages, one spouse is considered the breadwinner. In some cases, one parent may choose to stay home with young children. In other cases, both spouses may work, but one earns a much higher income. In other cases, one spouse may financially support the other while he or she pursues a higher degree or some other personal or professional pursuit.

When it comes to divorce, preparedness and attitude make a big difference

Even in cases where a divorce was an individual’s idea, going through the actual divorce process can take a heavy emotional toll. There are many important decisions that must be considered, negotiated and decided upon when untangling two lives. It's important, therefore, that an individual makes every effort to remain composed and focused.

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