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For many couples, divorce is both a legal and a religious matter. Faith can guide whether or not couples get divorced in the first place — and how divorce proceedings ultimately play out. In our blog series on religious divorce, we’ll examine the interplay of civil and faith-based divorces. When Divorce Is Not Allowed Some religious groups regard all divorces — through the state, in the church, or otherwise — as illegitimate. In the Roman…
Divorce is technically not the only means of ending a marriage. Under select circumstances, couples can seek an annulment, in which their union is deemed invalid. While many couples fail to even consider annulment as an option, it can hold considerable advantages for qualifying couples. We’re here to clear up the confusion; read on to learn more: Why Annulment? In a financial sense, annulment can prove preferable simply because it removes the need for alimony.…
The Thanksgiving table can be a downright awkward environment, especially after a brutal election cycle. Unfortunately, the drama is at an all-time high following President Trump’s 2016 victory. This ongoing vitriol is particularly evident in Minnesota; Democrats winning big during the 2018 midterms, our state can still be classified as purple— or at least, a decidedly violet shade of blue. It’s certainly possible for people of different political persuasions to get along or even remain…
Divorce leaves an indelible mark on your finances, your social life, and your mental health — but did you know that it can also affect your physical health? While the physical impact of divorce is largely attributed to increased stress, it can spell big trouble for your health on both a short and long-term basis — as evidenced by multiple studies. A few of the most alarming effects are outlined below: Increased Risk of Heart…
Social media has thrown many divorces for a loop by bringing new and unexpected forms of evidence into the dissolution process. Often, seemingly innocuous errors can hold huge implications for both spouses. In Part 1 of our series on shocking social media mistakes, we delved into a few real-life scenarios involving adjusted alimony and even criminal indictments. Now, we explore celebrity examples of divorce-related social media gaffes: Liking the Wrong Page or Status Update Active…
Research suggests that Facebook prompts approximately one-third of modern divorces. But that’s just the beginning. Once the separation process is underway, couples find themselves navigating new social media complications. What can they post? What can be used as evidence? In this blog series, we’ll take a look at some of the most shocking social media mistakes that caused major misery for divorcing couples. Alimony Impacted By Belly Dancing Pictures Dorothy McGurk originally scored $850 in…
These days, the nuclear family sometimes feels like little more than a myth that we occasionally witness on reruns of classic TV sitcoms. United States Census data indicates that, while 40 percent of 1970 families consisted of two married parents living with children, this arrangement comprised just 19 percent of homes as of 2013. These changes impact not only multi-person households, but also the increasing number of single-person households, several of which involve divorced or…
Divorces are rarely as amicable as spouses desire, but most spouses are at least able to limit their aggression to verbal outbursts in court. Sadly, for some spouses, divorce is more than a battle over property or child support; it is, quite literally, a life-or-death situation. It is far from unheard of for spouses to lash out upon learning of their impending separation. Sometimes, the consequences are deadly. Why Divorce Triggers Violence Domestic violence is…
Blended families are increasingly common, especially as many parents bypass marriage altogether. Whether parents split through divorce or legal separation, their family’s classification as blended can cause unique complications. Below, we examine some of the most common issues Minnesota parents face when divorcing for the second or third time: Custody And Visitation For blended families, arrangements regarding parenting time are rarely straightforward — especially when stepchildren are involved. If you or your spouse brought children from…
Whether you’ve voluntarily ended your rights as a parent or suffered involuntary termination of parental rights, your life is about to change. Not only will your relationship with your child evolve considerably (or cease to exist), your financial situation may also look considerably different now that you’re freed of your previous rights and obligations. Read on to learn about the surprising relationship between the termination of parental rights and state assistance in Minnesota: How…