Social Security Benefits And Minnesota Divorce

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Ex-s With Benefits: Collecting social security benefits after a Minnesota divorce Did you know that if you are divorced, you may be able to collect social security benefits based on your ex-spouse’s payment record?  You can be ex’s with benefits—of the financial kind.  To make things even better (or worse, depending on the friendliness of your relationship with your ex), if you collect benefits based on your ex’s record, this does not reduce the amount of benefits that your ex receives. Before I cover what is required to get social security benefits, it’s important that you understand this.  Many people …

What If You Can’t Afford A Divorce (Lawyer)?

With the economy down lately it’s fairly common I get a several calls during a week from people seeking a divorce, but they say they can’t afford it and just want a few tips. I have to say I always chuckle and think what other profession can you call up and hope to get a few tips, for free? I normally chat for 15 minutes or so and consider it part of my pro bono duty for the week. But, it does lead into a more serious question and that is, what can a person possibly hope to learn in …

Why You Should Have A Lawyer During Your Divorce

I was recently asked do I REALLY need a lawyer if I’m getting divorced? Well, the legal answer is no you are not legally required to have an attorney represent you in court for your Minnesota divorce. However, in my 12 years’ experience as a divorce lawyer I will tell you the people who should not at the very least, hire an attorney a document review, are very limited. Here are the people who don’t need to hire a divorce lawyer: You don’t have children with your spouse. You don’t own real estate or a home. The marriage is short-term …

Why Are Divorces So Difficult?

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UPDATED 11 OCT 2013 . common maxim that Family Lawyers say is that a divorce is just a business partnership breaking up, with the one notable difference that the partners used to sleep together. This may help explain why the spouses seem to take terrible and untenable positions, positions that cause immense stress, emotional strain as well as costing tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.  Why? Is It The Divorce Lawyer’s Fault? This article was written by a divorce lawyer, and we generally don’t like to be blamed for things. However, in extremely difficult cases I feel that …

Who Keeps The Engagement Ring?

As we know, the Kardashian-Humphries wedding did not end in a fairy tale, but what happened to the ring? Who gets it? First of all, what would have happened to the ring if the marriage had never taken place? In both Minnesota and California, an engagement ring is considered to be a gift that is conditioned upon the marriage actually taking place. The idea is that the inherent symbolism of the ring shows that it is based on the promise to marry. If the marriage never takes place, courts generally have two options in deciding who gets the ring: they …

Going To Trial? Don’t Give Up Hope For A Settlement!

So you tried to mediate and your divorce case didn’t settle.  Your lawyer sent settlement offers over and…it didn’t settle.  It’s now the morning of trial, you spent most of the night tossing and turning, being nervous about tomorrows trial and then it settles the morning of trial! This scenarios plays out every day in Minnesota divorce courts and I would like to explain why it happens and why you should be prepared to settle the case the morning of trial.  The primary reasons a case will settle the morning of trial are: 1)  Reality Sets In:  It’s easy to …