Brendan Fraser Broke Due To Alimony?

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Brendan Fraser Broke? It looks like it just might be that America’s favorite frozen caveman, Brendan Fraser, might very well be broke do to his family law situation. According to reports (and yes I’ll be the first to admit that Wetpaint.com does not have the same journalistic chops as NY Times) Mr. Fraser is trying to reduce his alimony and child support payment. Apparently he is paying over $900,000 to his ex-wife and his three sons. It’s was a ten year marriage (from 1998-2008) and if you recall, Mr. Fraser was a darling of Hollywood in the early 2000′s e …

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 …

Can A Court Require Your Ex To Get Life Insurance After The Divorce?

Security for Minnesota spousal support awards If you have gotten divorced and been awarded spousal support (often called alimony or spousal maintenance), this is a good way of securing income to support yourself—as long as your ex is able to make the payments. What happens, however, if your ex passes away (as happy as that outcome may sound to you at times!)? The alimony payments would stop, potentially leaving you without sufficient income to live on. It’s because of this possibility that, in some circumstances, you can request the court to require that the award of spousal support be secured with a life …

Contempt of Court? Huh?

How you can be held in contempt of court in a Minnesota child support or other family law proceeding “Contempt of court” is one of those terms that is easy to hear over and over again on TV courtroom dramas without ever really understanding it.  But, if you’re involved in a Minnesota child support case, divorce, or similar family law proceeding, you should know what contempt of court is and how it can apply to you. So what is it? There are two different kinds of contempt:  criminal contempt and civil contempt.  Criminal contempt is a criminal offense that you …

Is Alimony Dead in Minnesota?

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The news of Alimony’s death (technically called spousal support or spousal maintenance in Minnesota) in Minnesota has been greatly exaggerated.  Alimony is alive and well in Minnesota and is often the most difficult area of family law to deal with.  Why you ask? Well, it’s because there are no hard numbers, no “alimony calculator” that we can punch in to get precise amounts.  Most of it is done by experience and what “feels” like a fair settlement.  One thing to point out is that alimony does not equal a pure 50-50 division of income. The only guidance we tend to …