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October 2017 Archives

Divorce may be less likely for couples who meet online

For people in Pennsylvania planning on finding a true love connection, online dating may be the way to go. From Tinder to Plenty of Fish to OKCupid or Match, online dating sites have proliferated as smartphones and tablets offer constant access to an array of apps and websites.

Baseball star sued for child support

Minnesota residents may be familiar with Miguel Cabrera's exploits on the baseball diamond. However, the Detroit Tigers star made news off the field earlier in 2017 when a woman filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court. The suit alleges that Cabrera fathered a child with her in 2013 and in 2015, and it also alleges that he has not made sufficient support payments.

Could an unexpected transfer of money mean divorce?

When one spouse transfers or hides marital assets, this could be a sign that the spouse who is being secretive is considering filing for divorce. If this occurs, it may be a good idea for the other spouse to speak to an attorney and begin gathering financial records. Minnesota is not a community property state, which means that a judge will divide property in a divorce according to principles of fairness.

Gun surrender laws may reduce domestic violence death rates

States that have gun-surrender laws for those who commit acts of domestic violence generally have lower fatality rates related to domestic violence. This was the conclusion of a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Overall, the states that had such restrictions had 9.7 percent fewer homicides caused by intimate partners. In Minnesota and throughout the country, domestic violence victims tend to be female, but members of either gender can be victims.

2 facing charges for selling meth following investigation

On Oct. 3, a Minnesota man and woman were taken into custody after being accused of being involved in the sale of methamphetamine in the St. Cloud area. The man was identified as a 29-year-old Sartell resident and the woman was identified as a 26-year-old Sauk Rapids resident.

Child support largest cause of wage garnishments

A middle-aged male worker at a Minnesota manufacturing plant has a high chance of having his wages garnished. A study that looked at the payroll data of 12 million workers nationwide in 2016 revealed that 26 percent of Midwestern men ages 35 to 55 employed in manufacturing had their wages garnished for one reason or another, and it was often child support arrearages.

What the charge of possession with intent to distribute means

Some Minnesota residents might wonder what exactly is involved in the charge of possession with intent to distribute. The charge refers to the possession and distribution of a controlled substance. Federal law requires three elements for a person to be charged with this, and those are both the intent and the possession along with possession with the intent to distribute. Without proving that each of these elements were in place, the charge cannot stand.

Polls show drug policies run counter to public opinion

Minnesota residents may be interested to learn that around the country in 2016, there were more than 1.5 million drug law violations in which a person was taken into custody. The vast majority of those offenses, nearly 85 percent, were for possession. Law enforcement actions against drug users is both out of step with public opinion and disproportionately affects minorities and immigrants.

Why late-in-life divorces can cost so much

It isn't unusual for older couples in Minnesota to get divorced. Their reasons vary but may include the fact that some empty nesters find they have little in common after their children are grown. Regardless of the reason, they often have unique concerns when their marriage comes to an end.

Divorce in Minnesota

Divorce can have a dramatic effect on a Minnesota couple's finances. This is especially true for those who make the wrong decisions. While it might be something that people will want to leave to their attorney or financial professional, it is important for them to make sure they understand all the implications and consequences of their decisions.

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