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Can you plan too long for a divorce?

Minnesota parents who are thinking about getting a divorce may be understandably concerned about how the process might affect their young children. Planning for a divorce is an important step in the process, but drawing things out too long can sometimes have unwelcome consequences as well.

Separate tax returns could make sense during a divorce dispute

As a general rule, married couples filing their income tax returns jointly instead of separately might be able to reduce their federal tax obligation. Minnesota couples might also save on the taxes they owe to the state. There could, however, be other factors, such as an impending divorce, that might weigh heavily in favor of filing separately and should be taken into consideration when making the decision.

Why thorough parenting plans are important

Parenting plans are some of the most important documents of all in divorces between Minnesota couples who have young children. While some people may tend to gloss over them, only using boilerplate language, parenting plans should really be something that people instead focus a lot of time on.

Charlie Sheen files for child support reduction

Minnesota residents may have recent read media reports indicating that the former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen had filed papers seeking to have the $55,000 in child support he pays to his former wife Brooke Mueller each month reduced. It has since emerged that Sheen had filed a similar motion in connection with the child support that he pays to his second wife Denise Richards. Sheen has two daughters with Richards and two sons with Mueller.

Things to learn from celebrity divorces

Most lawyers in Minnesota will tell their clients to disregard unsolicited divorce advice from their friends and family members. Every divorce is unique, as people tend to have their own family law issues and needs. There are certain things that can be learned from a few celebrity divorces, however, as some situations will apply to others.

Family businesses and divorce in Minnesota

Many people who marry decide to open a family business or bring their spouse into an existing family business, which might be a great way to provide for the family. If there is a divorce, however, it can create a variety of problems. In addition to ending a relationship, divorcing individuals sometimes have to decide whether to sever their business relationship.

Accounting for retirement in a divorce

People at or over the age of 50 in Minnesota and around the country are more likely to get a divorce than couples in the same age group 25 years ago, according to a study conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University. In doing so, they may put their retirement plans at stake. However, there are steps they can take to help secure their future despite the divorce.

Domestic violence abusers may gain right to firearms

Minnesota residents who have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor may be able to purchase and own firearms if a Supreme Court decision goes their way. At present, the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits people who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from buying or owning guns.

Preparing for divorce court

When many Minnesota couples first decide they want a divorce, they may attempt to keep the proceedings stress-free and out of the courtroom. However, there are cases where a settlement cannot be reached in mediation or through other methods that do not involve litigation. If the case ends up going before a judge, being prepared is important in order to end up with a good outcome.

Separate bank accounts doesn't always mean divorce

When a Minnesota married couple keeps their assets separate, many people consider it a sign that a relationship is in trouble. The general feeling is that two people who do not pool their money do not trust each other, often a sign of a pending breakup. However, keeping bank accounts separate is not always an indication of problems.

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