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Honesty is key during the divorce process

Honesty is an admirable character trait. Healthy relationships oftentimes grow on the foundation of such integrity. Telling the truth gives us credibility and builds up respect. Unfortunately, divorce changes things. It’s natural for spouses to shift into a protective mode. A lot can be at stake, especially when high assets and child custody is involved. Even someone with the strictest of moral standards could fall vulnerable to a few white lies in the process. But a few “innocent” lies here and there could drastically affect the outcome.

Why you shouldn’t compare your divorce to your neighbor’s

Divorce is a process that feels stressful and isolating. You are separating from someone you previously committed to. You might feel as if you need someone who went through the process to give you advice on how to handle the proceedings and fallout.

However, no two divorces are the same. The circumstances around your divorce and your neighbor’s can be vastly different, and not all the advice your neighbor has would be applicable to your situation. Here are some ways that your divorces can vary:

Can I take the kids to the cabin with my custody arrangement?

Summer in Minnesota means the kids are out of school. Boating, fishing and trips to the cabin are probably in your future. But will your custody agreement allow you to take your kids on vacation?

Vacation time is something you should consider when negotiating custody of your kids. There are a few different ways you can arrange vacation time in your custody agreement so you can take your kids on the fun vacations they want.

Stay-at-home moms must protect their finances in a divorce

When you and your husband had children, you decided to stay home to take care of them and tend to the house. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave your career, but you felt that it was the best option for your family. Now, you and your husband are going through a divorce—and your financial future looks very uncertain.

Women who decide to stay home with their children face a bevy of financial problems in a divorce. You may feel concerned about becoming financially independent, maintaining your lifestyle and caring for your children.

But who takes the kids to hockey practice after the divorce?

Divorce can be stressful and impacts the entire family. You want to make the transition is as easy as possible on your children, and for them to know that both parents support them. Throughout your marriage you’ve been in charge of creating the master schedule of your household. Without it, getting your kids to and from hockey practice, school plays and slumber parties would be a disaster.

Now that you and your spouse will be separating the life you’ve built into two new paths, you may wonder how these new challenges affect your scheduling efforts. Is it possible to keep planning and executing your itinerary with ease?

Domestic violence plus guns equals one lethal combo

Only three and a half months into 2018 and the number of mass shootings continues to climb at an alarmingly steady rate. The Gun Violence Archive has an estimated running total counting 34 mass shootings since mid-February. In the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, a Florida prosecutor announced Tuesday he would be seeking the death penalty for the shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Although it is unusual for someone as young as Cruz to face the death penalty, he has one glaring commonality with the majority of other mass shooters, a history of domestic violence. In Minnesota, the courts seem to be notably slow when it comes to enforcing restrictions on the availability of guns to people who have unmistakable abusive tendencies; past or present.

How to negotiate a child custody schedule that works for everyone

Family courts in Minnesota look out for the best interests of the child—as do most parents. But would you consider pulling your child into battle to be in their best interests?

Some 1.5 million children in the U.S. are affected by divorce. Research has shown that high levels of conflict between parents—both during and after the divorce—contribute to poorer adjustment in children. Spare your children unnecessary drama by finding a way to avoid litigation. Find a way to agree.

Too scared to go home: FAQ on protective orders

The world can be a dangerous place, but sometimes the things that we are most scared of exist in our own homes.

For you, that may be the case. Just like any parent, you want what is best for you and your children. It's clear that your husband loves your children and vice versa, but you think his addiction problems are getting worse. When he drinks, his behavior frightens you and your kids. You've thought about divorce, but you're scared how he'd react if you tried to bring it up and you don't want to jeopardize your family's safety.

How Can Attorney-Client Privilege Help You In A Divorce?

One of the essential ingredients for a successful resolution of a divorce is attorney-client privilege. Here’s a definition of the term, and ways to fully utilize it to your advantage when going through a divorce settlement process.

The Basics

How does child custody work in Minnesota?

Divorce is always difficult, emotionally and financially. When children are involved these and many other issues are heightened. Even in the most difficult divorce at some point a plan has to be in place for the best interests of the children.

If you are considering a divorce, or have been served notice that it has been filed, it is important to know how it may proceed for both you and your children. With the right support you can get through this and have a better life. The custody battles will be resolved, even in high conflict cases.

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