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Navigating the holidays during a divorce

Both children and their divorced or separated parents may find the holiday season difficult to navigate. Children that are bouncing between households may not really understand a schedule that is dictated by a prearranged parenting agreement, and their parents may still be coming to grips with the effects that the divorce has had in almost every facet of their lives. Transitioning families in Minnesota and elsewhere that are grappling with changes to their holiday traditions may find value in a few tips designed to help them better weather the season.

Single parents that plan to be with their children over the holidays may find it beneficial to put the kids and their need for happiness and security first. Spending time together and beginning new holiday traditions that everyone can enjoy will create memories that the kids may cherish for years to come. Parents should avoid using the holidays to get back at their former spouses in any way. Outspending the other parent, being inflexible about the holiday schedule or bad-mouthing the ex may only make the holidays more difficult for the kids than they otherwise might be.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt to divorce

Minnesota fans of actors Chris Pratt or Anna Faris may have heard that on Dec. 1, Pratt filed for divorce. The two met in 2007 and married two years later. In August, the two announced they were separating although the separation date on the divorce filing was listed as July 13.

They have one 5-year-old son. Pratt has asked for joint custody. He cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. Faris also asked for joint custody in her response as well as child support.

Divorcing near or after retirement

An increasing number of older adults in Minnesota and around the country are choosing to get divorced. While divorce rates have fallen for most age groups, they have increased for people who are over the age of 50. Before older people go through with ending their marriages, they should carefully consider some of the impacts that it might have.

People who are drawing near to retirement age or who have already passed it may be financially devastated by divorces. If they are not yet retired, they will have greatly shortened times within which to save for retirement. If they have already retired, getting divorced may result in both spouses suffering greatly reduced circumstances.

Divorce mediators can help to make your marital split-up easier

Ending a marriage essentially requires filing a lawsuit. However, following the traditional litigation path is not always necessary when it comes to working out a divorce's terms.

Divorce mediation in Minnesota is an alternative process to litigation that involves using a neutral third party to facilitate the dispute resolution. The divorce mediator promotes voluntary agreement between the two spouses so that they can finalize the divorce as quickly and efficiently as possible.

A family business can be a major concern under divorce

Minnesota entrepreneurs going through divorce can face particularly difficult circumstances regarding the handling of their businesses. Dividing up a family or personal business that is owned by one or both divorcing spouses can be one of the most complex events at the end of a marriage. Many entrepreneurs have a deeply emotional connection to their businesses, especially when years of time have gone into building a successful enterprise.

For many business owners, the enterprise can be the single most valuable financial asset at stake in the divorce negotiations. Even in a high-asset divorce, a personal business that is successful can play a major role in the settlement. In order to ensure that the asset is dealt with appropriately, it is very important to obtain an accurate valuation. A forensic accountant can be a helpful resource in properly determining the value of the business.

Making the decision to divorce or to stay together

The decision of whether or not to remain married or to get divorced is a difficult one for most Minnesotans who are thinking about ending their marriages. The decision may be even more difficult when the couples have children. There are several reasons that support staying together and others that support getting divorced.

If people have not tried to work through their issues and believe that they might be able to repair their marriages, it might make sense to put in the hard work and to try to salvage the relationship. Some couples might decide that it makes more financial sense to remain together, such as because of financial issues or health insurance needs. Some couples might be slightly unhappy but understand that children do better if their parents remain together and decide to try to work things out.

Studies look at common predictors for divorce

People in Minnesota who did not finish high school may have a higher chance of divorcing. A number of studies over the years have looked at education and other factors to determine which couples might be more likely to get a divorce. Couples who marry in their teens are also more likely to get a divorce than those who wed in their late 20s. Couples with an age gap of 10 years or more have a higher divorce risk as well.

In marriages in which the husband only works part time, divorce is more likely; however, this does not seem to be correlated to the couple's income. It may be that the idea that men should be breadwinners remains strong.

The court cannot be biased against your fatherhood

Like most Minnesota fathers, you've likely faced several challenges as you provide for your children and try your best to give them a solid foundation and the skills and opportunities needed to reach their full potentials as they reach adulthood. When you determined the most viable option to your marital problems was divorce, you likely worried how the outcome would affect the ones you love most: your children. As always, you were determined to keep their best interests in mind as you developed a future parenting plan and whole new lifestyle.

There may be extenuating circumstances in your particular situation that has you wanting to seek full custody of your kids. You might be worried, however, that because you are their father, the court may not grant your request. It's crucial to remember that you have rights, and there are support networks available to help you obtain the best possible outcome for your family.

When to get a divorce

Minnesota couples who are having marital issues may make every effort to remain together. However, there are some situations in which getting a divorce may be the best option. If one of the partners in a marriage is abusive, the victim should leave. The abuse can include being physically harmed, called names, humiliated or any other act that is intended to manipulate the victim. When victims exit an abusive marriage, they can get the help that they need to find themselves.

Couples may also have to consider divorce as a viable option if their earnest attempts at receiving counseling have been unfruitful. It may be that so much damage has been done to the marriage that it cannot be fixed. It might also be that they have grown into different people who are no longer compatible.

Online dating and divorce

Minnesota residents who are seeking relationships via online dating sites should be aware that online dating may be a factor in divorce rates. It may affect how long couples remain together and the manner in which same-sex couples meet.

According to a study, the prevalence of online dating services may contribute to stronger marriages and a rise in the number of interracial relationships. Online dating may also be responsible for an increasing number of connections made with individuals beyond one's social circle.

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