No Thanks, I’m Fine: Waiving Alimony In A Prenup?

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No Thanks, I’m Fine: Can you waive alimony through a Minnesota prenuptial agreement? In many divorces, alimony and acrimony go hand in hand:  the biggest fights often revolve around how much, if any, money one spouse should pay to the other following the divorce.  Alimony, a.k.a. spousal maintenance, a.k.a. spousal support, is generally awarded at the discretion of the judge and is intended to provide support for a spouse who may have insufficient income to support himself or herself after the breakup of the marriage.  But if you’re already planning to execute a prenuptial agreement to protect your property and/or …

Mediation & Divorce

In Minnesota the rules for family law require you to at least contemplate mediation prior to filing motions and going to court. The new rules now (Rule 303) requires that you certify your efforts to the court, that your lawyer and your spouses lawyer have conferred (either in person or by the phone) to talk about mediation efforts. This blog post is going to discuss the benefits and costs associated with mediation and other ADR requirements. BENEFITS costs of divorce We often say that when parties go to trial there are only two winners, the two lawyers involved. And this …

5 Things To Do When Meeting Your Divorce Lawyer For The First Time

So you’ve had enough! You’ve tried marital counseling, perhaps even a trial separation and you feel you have to make the call to a Minnesota Divorce Attorney.  What can you expect? What should do to prepare for it? Well as always, I’m here to help! Here are my top 5 things to do when meeting with your divorce lawyer for the first time: Leave The Kids At Home!Please, take my suggestion on this one, leave the kids at home.  First it’s distracting to you and your lawyer to have little Jimmy running around the office.  If you don’t have day care options …

How Can I Save Money On My Divorce? (secret contained below!)

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Divorce On The Cheap In Minnesota Your relationship with your spouse has hit the point of no return, and you know you can’t work it out.  A divorce is looming.   But the last thing you want to spend your hard-earned money on is a divorce!  How can you keep costs down to reduce the negative impact of an already painful time in your life? First, keep in mind that there are good ways to save money during a divorce and bad ways to save money during a divorce.  That is, not all cost-saving is beneficial to you, even if it …

How To Get Divorced In 7 Days*

Is that possible? Can you really get divorced in 7 days in Minnesota? Well, the answer is…sort of. Let me explain a little, in Minnesota, we often call divorces that are settled immediately and without conflict “uncontested divorces” (this is really a misnomer, as a contested divorce technically is what happens when one spouse does not want to get divorced and you live in a fault state, which Minnesota is not, but we still all call them uncontested divorces). These divorces are fast, quick and cheap! Sounds good? How can you get learn more? Keep reading. How Do You Get …

7 Things To Do BEFORE You File For Divorce In Minnesota (being proactive!)

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Thinking about getting a divorce? I’m sorry to hear that, but if you do decide to get a divorce here are 7 tips that should help you make the process smoother. 1. Make a plan Where will you live? Taking the kids with you? Who’s moving the furniture?  All basic questions that you should answer before you file or move out.  If you don’t it can make it harder to get what you want later on. Also, your lawyer will ask you what and if you don’t know it can make a divorce more expensive. 2. Prepare a Budget Actually …