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March 2014 Archives

Planning for marriage over the age of 50

Many family law professionals rave about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. While prenuptial agreements can benefit almost any couple, regardless of their age or income, prenuptial agreements provide an added benefit to older couples with sizeable estates. Minnesota couples over the age of 50 who are thinking about marriage may want to learn more about their options when it comes to estate planning and prenuptial agreements.

If you're thinking about divorce, smartphone apps can help

Considering divorce? Want some advice on whether to proceed? One can turn to friends or family members who have been through it for their advice. Books and magazine articles may also provide insight. And, it should not be a surprise to learn, your smartphone may also be able to help.

Divorce may be up over the past 30 years MN researchers say

Some researchers are currently challenging the idea that the divorce rate has been declining over the past thirty years. A recent report from researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Population Center reveals that the divorce rate may actually be increasing over the past thirty years. The researchers make the point that the data measures previously used to arrive at the divorce rate may have been problematic. In 2008, however, the U.S. Census Bureau added divorce related questions to its questionnaire which should provide more valuable data to researchers.

Child custody and college tuition -- what parents should know

The end of a relationship can be stressful for any Minnesota couple. When that couple has children, the stress can be multiplied. With all the child custody decisions that have to be made it can be easy for couples to forget about the future. While the children may be young now, it won't be long before they are ready to head off to college. As most Minnesotans know, college is expensive and many parents do not want to saddle their children with the entire amount.

When property includes a business, divorce becomes bigger risk

There is already a great deal at stake when people finally come to the decision to file for divorce. Relationships with their kids and other family members might change. Maybe the family will have to give up the family home.