Complete Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is one which helps to keep and improve people's health and well-being. Many governments and non-governmental organizations have made big efforts in healthy lifestyle and health promotion. It helps to benefit your critical health numbers, including weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol. Healthy living is a lifelong effect. The ways to being healthy include healthy eating, physical activities, weight management, and stress management.

What are the Most Important MN Custody Laws?

Custody cases in Minnesota are complex if the parties do not agree. Legal custody, physical custody and parenting time disputes involve an entangled set of ever-evolving statutes and caselaw. Alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, domestic abuse, special needs, and child development are just a few of the issues that must be addressed. Where should you...

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Why Rushing Your Divorce Is Never A Good Idea

For most couples, divorce isn’t a decision arrived at overnight. Usually, the decision to divorce comes after long periods of living with irreconcilable differences and numerous attempts to resolve conflicts. It is understandable then why, once the decision to divorce is finally reached, couples just want it to be over with so they can get […]

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What is the Average Cost of Divorce in MN?

The total fees and costs associated with a divorce in Minnesota can vary widely. Most reputable divorce attorneys charge hourly for their services. It logically follows that the longer the case, the more time the divorce lawyer must dedicate to the file – resulting in higher costs. Still, we can offer guidance: Divorce cases tend...

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Keeping Attorney’s Fees Under Control in a Minnesota Divorce

We’re often asked how much it will cost to get divorced. The answer varies widely, as the time dedicated to your file correlates directly with the total expense. If your matter is resolved with little controversy, it will cost less (a lot less) than a divorce requiring a trial. Here are a few tips help...

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Amending A Divorce Settlement Can Be Difficult

When negotiating your divorce settlement, it is important to carefully review every detail. Once a settlement agreement is reviewed and signed by both parties, the divorce is considered finalized. What happens then if it is discovered that something has been left out of the agreement? What recourse, if any, do you have? The answer depends, […]

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How To Get A Divorce in MN

Divorces can be complex and difficult to navigate. They can vary in length based on the judicial process parties decide to take. To begin a divorce proceeding, a Summons and a Petition for Dissolution must be properly served upon the opposing party. What happens after the initial pleadings are served and filed with the court?...

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Who Gets the Engagement Ring in a Minnesota Divorce?

Engagement rings and wedding bands can be very sentimental and valuable items. It is estimated that most couples spend around $6,000 on an engagement ring. The question arises if the parties split-up: who gets the rings? Engagement Ring In Minnesota, an engagement ring is considered to be a “conditional” gift. This means the gift is...

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Retirement Plans & Divorce: Attention to Detail is Crucial

The distribution of assets can be one of the most complicated and contentious aspects of any divorce. That applies to the division of retirement accounts, too. Failure to correctly identify the type of retirement plan involved can lead to tax complications down the line. Distributions from IRAs and Qualified Retirement Accounts are subject to different […]

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Obtaining District Court Pleadings in a Family Law Matter

In Minnesota, the public has access to certain district court pleadings. For parties with pending matters, it is important to know how to obtain this information. Minnesota has different resources for searching court files. Some information can be found online and other information must be reviewed at the courthouse. Cases such as criminal, civil, and...

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Stimulus Checks & Child Support: What You Need to Know

The government-issued stimulus checks were intended to help those eligible address some of the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic, but for divorced parents who share custody of their children and pay or receive child support, these payments have proven a major source of confusion in some cases. Criteria used to determine eligibility in […]

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Divorce in Minnesota: Trial by Judge or Jury?

In the wake of the trial that started this week in the death of George Floyd, it seems like an opportune time to discuss the role of a jury in MN family law cases. There are two types of trials: trial by judge or trial by jury. Minnesota divorce cases are tried to the court....

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How Your Divorce May Impact Your Tax Returns

If you are recently divorced or currently going through the process, even routine matters like filing your annual tax return raises questions. Can we still file jointly? Must I add spousal or child support payments to my adjusted gross income? Continue reading ›

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Nesting in Child Custody Cases: A Unique Parenting Time Plan

While divorces are very emotional and strenuous for parents, they can be equally as difficult for the children. One alternative-parenting schedule is referred to as bird nesting or “nesting.” This type of parenting plan is designed to limit the disruption to the children’s normal schedule after a divorce. Nesting requires the parents to move homes...

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Co-Parenting Through A Pandemic

For many divorcing couples, co-parenting arrangements offer viable solutions to less-than-ideal situations by allowing each parent to maintain an active role in the parent/child relationship. These arrangements, however, are not without their challenges, and that was never more true than during the current pandemic. Thanks to COVID-19. such questions as whether to send your child […]

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Choosing an Executor of a Estate

Preparing for the future through an estate plan and a will are great ways to ensure your wishes are followed and your estate is settled.  When creating your plan, you will have to select individuals, like an executor of an estate, to work on your behalf. What is an Executor of an Estate? An executor...

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What You Should Do Before Hiring A Divorce Attorney

The past year brought unprecedented challenges that caused many of us to reassess various aspects of our lives – our jobs, our lifestyles, our relationships. For many couples, the challenges proved too much, leading them to contemplate divorce. Terminating a relationship is a big step not to be entered into rashly. Before you hire a […]

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Stepparent Adoption: Voluntary vs. Contested

Stepparent adoptions can be complex proceedings. Courts generally try to preserve the biological parent-child relationship. However, when this is not in the best interest of the child, stepparent adoptions are allowed. Each stepparent adoption has two parts. The first involves an effort to “terminate” the rights of one of the biological parent and the adoption...

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From Married to Single – 5 Steps Toward A Smoother Transition

Transitioning from married life back to single life can be unsettling, especially when there are children involved. Nothing about your everyday life in the time leading up to your divorce is quite the same yet, for the sake of your children – and your own emotional health – it is important to move forward with […]

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Easily Overlooked Assets in a Divorce

In a divorce, dividing assets can be difficult and time consuming. It is important to create an asset inventory, often called a “balance sheet.” This document will outline the parties’ assets and liabilities. Every divorce balance sheet will look different but it is essential to not overlook assets. Common assets include bank accounts, houses, cars,...

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An Overview of Attorney’s Fees Incurred as Part of a Divorce

Divorces can vastly range in price depending on the case circumstances. Many factors impact the cost of a divorce, including how agreeable the parties are or if a trial is necessary. Uncontested divorce, where the parties are agreeable on all topics, are generally the most cost-efficient divorce. However, it is not uncommon for a divorce...

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Is There A ‘Best’ Time to Divorce?

A lot of questions come into play when you are contemplating a divorce. Many of those questions depend on where you are in life now. Have you and your spouse considered all your options? Are there children involved? What are their ages? Where do you stand in your career? Are you looking to change paths? […]

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FENE, SENE, or Mediation – What’s the difference?

Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE), Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE), and mediation are all different processes for alternative dispute resolution (ADR). ADR is commonly used in family law to help litigants settle their cases and avoid a costly trial. Trial bound cases can take months to bring to a conclusion and both parties are generally...

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Keep Divorce Trauma from Getting the Better of You

No matter who initiates a divorce, it is a traumatic experience for all involved. After all, it represents the end of a lifestyle that you’ve envisioned for your future and the end of the family unit as you’ve come to know it. Unfortunately, divorce is not a quick process. It starts the moment you acknowledge […]

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Maintaining Privacy in a Family Law Case

Court records are accessible by the public. While not everyone may have access to court information from their computer, one may be able to go to the courthouse to obtain certain documents or pleadings about a particular case. For many parties in family law matters, privacy is important. Whether parties are discussing finances or child...

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Order for Protections For Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can impact its victims in many ways: emotionally, physically, financially, and legally. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that over 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually. For victims of domestic violence or abuse, it can be difficult for parties to leave and receive the help and protection they need. What...

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Separation and the COVID-19 Stimulus Payments – Who’s Entitled to the Funds?

The stimulus payments many people received to help ease some of the financial hardships incurred as a result of restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 virus were based on information the government obtained from recently filed income tax returns, specifically information relating to adjusted gross income and filing status. As a result, married couples filing jointly […]

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The First 48 Hours of a Divorce

– “I was served with divorce paperwork. What do I do now?” This is a common question asked of our divorce attorneys. A divorce can be complex and knowing where to begin may seem overwhelming. For many, a divorce is an individual’s first experience navigating the Minnesota court system. Throughout your case, knowledge will be...

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Are Shared Finances Standing in the Way of Your Divorce?

Even when a couple grows apart, it doesn’t always mean they stop caring for each other, particularly if they had been in a long-term marriage. They may lead separate lives, both physically and emotionally, yet remained legally married because their finances are so intertwined that moving from shared to separate accounts is more complex than […]

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