How do I repair my credit after a divorce?


A divorce triggers the division of all of a couple’s debts and assets such as real estate, vehicles, credit cards and retirement. No matter how financially stable they were prior to the divorce, the couple often walks away with less than half of their assets and more debt than they may be able to afford. […]

Where do I find Minnesota laws online?


The Office of the Revisor of Statutes is an office created by the Minnesota Legislature to serve as the compiler of Minnesota Statutes, Laws, and Rules.  It is a nonpartisan office what provides a wealth of information on its website for the public to use.  One of the primary services the Office provides is access […]

What is a Guardian ad Litem?


A Guardian ad Litem is a person with specifically required training who is assigned to a court case.  He or she serves as an advocate for a child when the child’s welfare is a matter of concern for the court. The phrase legally means “guardian of the lawsuit.”  Guardians ad Litem provide a voice for a […]

Are women having children later in life?


If you think women are having children later in life, you are correct.  The US News & World Report published an article earlier this year on this issue and the benefits it sees in moms having children later in life.  The link to the article is found here. Setting aside the pros and cons of […]

Can we make an agreement outside of court?


It is no secret people want to avoid paying an attorney whenever possible.  Divorcing couples or parents smartly try talking out their legal issues to find common ground and make agreements outside of court thinking they solved their legal issues without involving attorneys.  Their agreements may come before any court proceeding exists or sometime after […]

Does someone have to move out of the house when there is a divorce?


It can be stressful, confusing and difficult for spouses to continue living together during a divorce especially when there are children.  Seeing one another and knowing the relationship is over while wondering what the future holds is painful.  Divorcing couples should not jump to the conclusion one person should have to move out.  While there […]

How long does it take to go through a divorce or custody case?


The best answer to this question is the cliché “every snowflake is different.”  Every family court case, or those involving a divorce or child custody case, moves at its own pace.  There is no specific deadline requiring these cases to come to a certain end.  There are a number of factors that have a direct […]

Can I change my child’s last name?


There are times when a parent may want to change a child’s name because of a divorce or a custody matter.  The most likely reason a parent is interested in changing a child’s name is because of a breakdown of the parent’s relationship.  Name changes often involve changing a child’s last name, or surname, but […]

How does the number of divorces in the United States rate compared to other countries?


It seems every few months there are stories about the divorce rate in the United States and how it compares to years past.  But how does the rate of divorce in the United States compare to the rest of the world?  The comparative chart at provides some answers. Perhaps to no one’s surprise Ireland […]

How to separate finances of your ex-spouses from yours?


Finances are just as much a bone of contention during the marriage as they are in the divorce itself.  Unraveling your ex-spouse’s debts and assets from yours can be complicated after you consider a home, a vacation property, vehicles, credit cards and so on.  An uncooperative ex-spouse who may or may not have been good […]

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