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What's a living together contract?

In the eyes of the Minnesota family law system, marriage is viewed exactly as a legal contract between two parties in which it is understood -- based on the terms of marriage under the law -- what both parties owe to one another. This, and the responsibilities that come with it, apply to the spouses as parents of shared children and as individuals who are part owners of shared assets and liabilities.

Do teens need parental permission to get sex-change treatments?

A Minnesota mother filed suit last Wednesday after her 17-year-old son began receiving sexual reassignment treatments without garnering her permission. The lawsuit names two governmental agencies, saying that the agencies and medical clinics have infringed upon her parental rights. She says that the agencies and medical service providers did not obtain a court order to emancipate her child prior to administering the sex-change treatments against her wishes.

How property division works in the state of Minnesota

As an equitable distribution state, Minnesota enforces a division of assets that is "fair" given the circumstances of the marriage, and subsequent divorce, of two people. What is important to note about equitable distribution and the "fair" division of assets is that this doesn't mean that the assets will be divided equally. There is no guarantee that one spouse will get "50 percent" and the other spouse gets the other "50 percent." It could happen, but it is far more likely that the division of property will not be "equal." Instead, the division will adequately and fairly reflect the circumstances of the marriage and divorce.

What happens to a custody agreement when a parent moves?

Life comes at you very fast. One day you are married with a child, and the next your divorce is finalized and a joint custody agreement is in place. Given how life works, there is no way that anyone could predict the future. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. So when you agree to a child custody arrangement, it isn't as if the arrangement will stay in place unchanged for years and years. Life will happen, and the agreement will need to be updated and altered frequently.

Don't hesitate -- get legal help when a family law issue beckons

Family law is a vast umbrella of issues, many of which are complicated and intimidating. Families that are dealing with these complex legal issues may not know where to turn or what to do when a divorce comes calling, or a child custody modification needs to happen, or interstate provisions and laws come into play.

Senate brings alimony modifications to Minnesota

Recently, the Minnesota Senate voted to pass a bill calling for reforms of the existing alimony laws. The Cohabitation Alimony Reform bill allows someone who is paying spousal maintenance to request that payments be reduced or ended if the receiver has a live-in partner. Those who wish to file a petition may do so only after the divorce has been final for one year.

Information gathering important before going through divorce

Divorce is considered to be a potential destroyer of wealth. After all, the cost of the average dissolution of a marriage in the United States is from $15,000 to $20,000, plus the costs of moving out and completely starting over. A couple of tips may help people to safeguard their financial interests when navigating the divorce process in Minnesota.

Gram and Gramps are divorcing; what are the boundaries?

Divorce is not the social sin it used to be. That doesn't mean it's any less emotional or life jarring. Nor is it only the domain of the young. Older couples in Minnesota are divorcing at a rate that some experts say is even higher than younger ones. It's called gray divorce.

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