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Tips on how to successfully co-parent a teen

Minnesota parents who have been through a divorce, are living apart and are struggling to co-parent their teenaged child should consider several ways they could possibly improve their family situation. Successful co-parenting provides a teenager with stability and support -- two important factors that can help prevent risky behavior and experimentation.

How divorce affects Social Security benefits

For individuals in Minnesota eligible for Social Security, untying the knot doesn't necessarily mean no longer being able to collect on a spouse's record. If a marriage has lasted for 10 years or more and the former spouse is 62 or older and unmarried, they may be entitled to as much as half of an ex's full retirement amount or disability benefit. The other spouse's eligible payouts must also be higher than what the spouse seeking benefits is entitled to receive themselves.

Changing gender roles and divorce

Some men expect to be the financial providers for their families. Therefore, when they make less than their wives, there may be trouble ahead for their relationships. Studies show that this is often true for married couples in Minnesota and throughout the U.S. In some cases, husbands who are not the breadwinners feel as if their wives have more control than they do. A perceived lack of control may be a blow to their egos.

How divorce can affect insurance covrage

Some divorcing couples in Minnesota have to-do lists that include such things as sorting out marital assets and handling any custody issues that may be part of the divorce process. During this stressful time, it's easy to overlook other matters, such as insurance coverage for the family. However, it's still important for separating spouses to be aware of how a change in marital status can affect insurance arrangements.

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