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July 2015 Archives

Will I be able to maintain my lifestyle after a divorce?

Unless they have divorced before, Minnesota residents rarely know what to expect during the divorce process. Television shows paint an unrealistic picture of divorce. Couples may think they simply meet with their lawyers a few times, go to court and life returns to normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Divorce is a major decision that costs a significant amount of money and time. As such, it's unrealistic to assume that your lifestyle won't change after a divorce.

BWI taken seriously in Minnesota; don't hesitate to mount a strong defense

Summer is now in full swing, and for many Minnesotans, that means it's time to relax and cool off on our state's waterways. Having too much fun on the lake or river can get you into trouble, however, if you're driving a boat or a Jet Ski and alcohol is involved.

With the legalization of gay marriage comes same-sex divorce

On June 26, gay and lesbian couples across American rejoiced as the Supreme Court legalized marriage for same-sex couples. While many couples are now rushing to get married -- an event that many had anticipated for years or even decades -- not all couples will stay together forever. Like heterosexual couples, many same-sex couples in Minnesota will eventually divorce, which means that family law attorneys now need to start preparing for this inevitable situation.

Children in car counted as single aggravating factor for DWI

The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an opinion that reiterates the recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision finding that a breath test is a constitutionally permissible search incident to an arrest, and therefore the refusal statute is valid.

Can I get child support from my ex-spouse who is in the military?

Caring for a child is a rewarding experience, but it comes with a high price tag. That's why after a divorce, many Minnesota parents still rely on the other parent to help with the expenses involved in raising their offspring. Collecting child support may seem impossible if the noncustodial parent is overseas serving in the military. Is it still possible to receive support and, if so, what are the steps to take?

Minnesota DWI arrests drop over the Fourth

There were fewer arrests for DWIs in Minnesota this Fourth of July holiday weekend and the holiday experienced an 80 percent reduction in fatal highway crashes. Both numbers showed improvement from the five-year averages, according to preliminary numbers reported by the Minnesota State Patrol.

How to deal with finances before marriage to avoid divorce

Before saying "I do," it's important for Minnesota couples to have an important discussion about their future - their financial future, that is. Amidst all the wedding planning, finances often get overlooked, so when the happy couple returns from their honeymoon and sits down with the bills for the first time, they might be in for a bit of a shock. This is because each person had their own way of handling money as well as preconceived expectations of how their and their partner's money should be spent. This can lead to arguments down the road and, eventually, possibly divorce.

Why many couples are forgoing prenups for postnups

Many Minnesota couples are told to get a prenup before walking down the aisle, especially if they have assets they want to keep in the event of a divorce. But if they don't, for some reason or another, all is not lost. In fact, many couples are waiting until after the wedding to draft prenuptial agreements - but in this case, they're called postnuptial agreements.

Think twice about visiting Canada with a DWI

The consequence of a DWI in Minnesota is unpleasant. If it is your first conviction for a DWI, you could suffer one or more of the following: serve up to 90 days in jail, lose your driver's license, be required to take an alcohol assessment, install an ignition interlock, mount special license plates that identify you as a convicted drunk driver and lose your vehicle.

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