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December 2014 Archives

What are some reasons why I wouldn't want a prenuptial agreement?

With so much talk about prenuptial agreements lately, many engaged Minnesota couples have been considering them so they can protect their assets in the event of a divorce. Even though prenups offer many benefits, they are not right for everyone. What are some reasons why you may not want one?

How to handle both bankruptcy and a divorce at the same time

Going through a divorce can be stressful enough for Minnesota couples. Add bankruptcy to the equation and the result is an emotionally charged situation. It is important to ensure that all issues are addressed so that both processes can advance and the parties can go their separate ways. Read on to see how the process works.

My ex owes $10,000 in child support. How can I get him to pay up?

Raising a child is a rewarding but expensive proposition. Children require food, clothing, shelter and school supplies. They also have medical bills and extracurricular activities, and after high school, there is college. All of these can be too much for a single mother to pay for on her own, even with a full-time job. That's why both parents are expected to financially contribute to their child's care, according to Minnesota law. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. It is not uncommon for "deadbeat parents" to do anything they can to avoid having to pay child support. It is possible for the custodial parent to attempt to collect, but there is an elaborate process involved.

Have prenuptial agreements gone to the dogs?

With prenuptial agreements growing in popularity in the past few years, it's not uncommon for recently married Minnesota couples to have one. This is especially true if one of the parties has assets of value. It is not permissible for couples to make decisions about child custody in prenuptial agreements, but what about pets? If one party comes to the marriage with several purebred dogs that he or she breeds and shows and plans to keep in the event of a divorce, can this be outlined in a prenup?

I received an inheritance. Will I have to split it in a divorce?

When Dakota County couples divorce, one of their primary concerns is property division. For the most part, anything acquired during a marriage will be split in a divorce. One exception is inheritances. So does this mean that the spouse who receives an inheritance does not have to part with it in a divorce?

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