Family Law

WFJ Presents: Dealing with Holiday Parenting Time After Divorce: 3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress

The holidays are here again! For some families, this time of year can be more stressful than jolly, however. If you have been through a divorce, this classic WFJ article may be helpful to you in the next few months.

WFJ Presents: Stepparent Adoptions in Minnesota

Stepparent adoptions are some of the most streamlined adoptions in the State of Minnesota. They do not require a home study, social and medical history, or the assistance of an adoption agency. There are, however, several steps to take and forms to file to complete the process.

WFJ Presents: Divorce and the Affordable Care Act: How the ACA Impacts Health Insurance and Tax Deductions for Minor Children

Every parent who is getting divorced should be sure to include in the final divorce decree a provision establishing  which party will maintain health insurance coverage for the benefit of the minor children. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their dependents have minimum essential health care coverage.

WFJ Presents: Minnesota Divorce Basics

If you’re contemplating getting divorced, the process can seem overwhelming. There are a few basic things to know about filing for divorce in Minnesota:

1.  Residency requirement. In order to file for divorce in Minnesota, you need to have lived in Minnesota for at least 180 days prior to filing.

WFJ Presents: Modifying a Child Support Order in Wisconsin

Changing the amount of an established child support order is called an adjustment or modification of child support. The amount of child support may increase, decrease, or stay the same but instead it will add medical support or other variable expenses to the existing order. Either party subject to the order may bring an action for modification.

Financial Independence for Married Individuals

Married? If so, let’s read your financial independence barometer.

Marriage brings many things, but for some couples it means one partner giving up a career to care for the home and the children. When this occurs, financial resources (credit, loans, etc.) often become tied to the breadwinner in the relationship. The individual that primarily works in the home frequently doesn’t even think about his or her credit, since the family is financially provided for by the working spouse.

Family Law 101: Do I Really Need a Prenuptual Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich  and famous.  A prenuptial agreement allows couples to dictate how their property,  including property they brought into the marriage, will be divided in the event of death or dissolution of their marriage. Effectively, parties to a prenuptial agreement agree that they will determine the law that applies, rather than allow Minnesota law to determine each party’s rights and obligations. So, while everyone believes their marriage will last forever, the reality is that not all of them do. Also, parties may decide to be married later in life, once they have accumulated some wealth and property interests, and they may want a prenuptial agreement to ensure that their property is protected.