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Prenuptial agreements can be helpful in many different ways

Prenuptial agreements can be valuable for couples in Minnesota. There are oftentimes misconceptions associated with prenuptial agreements, what they do and do not do, and who they might be helpful for. In short, prenuptial agreements allow couples to determine property rights for themselves in the event they divorce at some point during their relationship.

Modifications may be an option following a divorce in Minnesota

Modifications concerning a number of divorce-related issues may be needed following a divorce. Court orders relating to child support or child custody may become unworkable following a divorce due to a change in circumstances. When a significant change in circumstances creates a need for change concerning a divorce agreement or divorce order, an agreement modification may be possible.

Minnesota lawmakers consider changes to alimony laws

Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, is oftentimes an emotional issue for divorcing spouses. It can be the subject of contentious differences and lead to acrimony between the paying spouse and the recipient spouse. Minnesota lawmakers are now looking at the issue of alimony and discussing possible reforms. The alimony system is viewed as antiquated by some and the possibility of permanent alimony unfair.

A closer look at equitable distribution of property in a divorce

Equitable distribution of property is the process that is followed in Minnesota and a number of other states for the division of property upon divorce. Equitable distribution of property provides that when a couple is divorcing, property division is conducted according to equitable principles. Under equitable distribution of property, marital property shared between the couple will be divided equally when they divorce.

What is the process to determine paternity in Minnesota?

Paternity is used to refer to the legal father of a child. Under Minnesota law, a child of unmarried parents does not have a legal father until the proper legal steps are taken to establish the child's legal father or paternity. Being named on the child's birth certificate alone is not considered enough to establish the legal father or the legal rights and responsibilities that accompany being the legal father of a child. Once the paternity of a child is determined, the legal father has the responsibility to pay child support and can request child custody, visitation rights and parenting time.

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