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Creating a parenting plan does not have to be a war

During your divorce, the best way to arrive at a parenting plan that is appropriate for the unique needs of your family is to figure it out in cooperation with your ex. You are the ones who know your children best. You know your scheduling complications and the dynamics of your family. Ideally, you and your ex will be able to find a time and place with no interruptions and hammer out a plan that works for everyone for the long haul.

Of course, if it were that simple, you would probably not be considering divorce. You or your ex may have your issues with communication and cooperation, so the thought of negotiating a fair and workable custody and parenting plan may seem impossible. However, with a few ground rules, you may be able to overcome your personal conflicts and find a way that is best for the children.

Do you want to protect your pension during divorce?

You have worked hard for years, and because of your professional position, you deserve a retirement pension. This benefit may have made you feel accomplished and secure in knowing that you will have the needed funds to handle your financial affairs when it comes time to retire. However, more recently, you may have begun feeling less secure about your finances due to your pending divorce.

Understandably, you do not want to lose your pension, or even a part of your pension, during the property division proceedings. The division itself could prove tricky during the legal proceedings, and the split of your hard-earned funds could result in you struggling during your retirement years.

Play an active role in your high asset divorce

The manner in which you approach your divorce could have a significant impact on your case's outcome. If you choose to have a hands-off approach and simply see where proceedings and court decisions lead, you may end up with a settlement you do not find acceptable. However, if you take the time to learn about your case and prepare to play an active role, you may have a better chance of more favorable outcomes.

The latter approach may be especially useful if you are facing a high asset divorce. Whether you own a business, your spouse owns a business, you jointly own a business or have accumulated wealth together or separately through other means, you have a lot at stake.

Divorce and your children: How can you best protect them?

Life isn't always easy; in fact, sometimes, extenuating circumstances cause a lot of emotional, financial or even physical turmoil. If you're one of many Minnesota parents currently preparing to divorce, you are likely worried about how your decision to end your marriage might affect your kids. Here's the good news: Children are typically highly resilient and adaptable.

That doesn't necessarily mean it will be smooth sailing the whole way through, though. In much the same way that you need to stay organized and engage support systems when needed to juggle the responsibilities, or work and home life, for instance, you can do the same thing during and after divorce proceedings. There are legal protections already in place to support your children, and, as their parent, you can keep close watch on how they're doing, emotionally.

Proof: An important element in determining separate property

You and your spouse make the difficult decision to divorce. You do not have children, but you have acquired substantial property during your marriage, and you worry about how a Minnesota judge will oversee the property split when your divorce finalizes.

Minnesota operates under the laws of equitable distribution. These laws help determine whether property constitutes marital or separate, and how the marital property will face distribution. Rather than splitting property directly in half, the court will determine a fair distribution of your assets.

More Minnesotans can challenge DWI test-refusal convictions

While motorists pulled over by a cop for accusations of driving while impaired have the right to refuse a breath, blood or urine test, few have gotten little benefits out of it. Many Minnesotans have ended up in jail with the chemical test refusal being a part of their conviction despite other states having a more lenient approach to the matter.

However, that could all change thanks to a recent ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court. This ruling could allow those who face or already have DWI convictions to have more freedom in challenging a conviction for refusing the chemical test.

New Minnesota law extends DWI restrictions to recreation vehicles

During the winter in early 2018, 8-year old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. was struck and killed by a snowmobiler as he waited on a lake to go ice fishing with his father. The driver of the snowmobile had his driver’s license revoked due to multiple DWI offenses.

Since the driver’s previous DWI incidents occurred while driving a car, he still had driving privileges for snowmobiles, motor boats and ATVs. Now a new Minnesota law that went in effect on August 1, 2018, closes the loophole that allowed people to continue to operate off-road vehicles after losing their license due to driving while intoxicated.

Can you balance work and motherhood? Of course.

Your family is important to you but things maybe have not been as smooth with your spouse lately. You might be thinking about getting a divorce, but there are a lot of concerns you might have, still. The first is how you can continue to provide for your family without your spouse’s income.

Divorce is a major change and can affect all aspects of your life. You may need to go back to work to provide for yourself and your family, but this is another huge change. Can you balance working and being a good mother to your children? The answer is yes. With organization and support you can balance work and motherhood with ease.

How the courts determine alimony in Minnesota

Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, obligates one spouse to provide some amount of financial support to the other during or after divorce. Especially if you’re divorcing later in life, these orders may make a huge difference in your financial welfare.

Alimony orders may be temporary, short-term, long-term or permanent. While some states have specific formulas to calculate alimony payments, Minnesota courts determine alimony by making a series of considerations.

Is divorce education class mandatory in Minnesota?

For divorcing parents who have children together and cannot agree on custody or parenting time, also known as visitation, Minnesota law requires the parents to attend a certified divorce education program. Children may also attend a class or be ordered to do so by a judge.

There are 25 minimum requirements that these divorce education classes must include in order to meet the standards set by Minnesota Statute 518.157. Just a few of the things attendees will learn about, include:

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