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What kids don't want during a divorce

You have two young kids, both of whom are still in grade school. You and your spouse have decided to call off your marriage. It was a tough choice, but you see no way around it.

Naturally, you may be focused on your spouse, your assets, the paperwork and other things of this nature. These are all important, but don't forget to consider your kids. With every decision that you make, every step of the way, remember these things that your kids don't want you to do -- whether they have the guts to tell you or not.

5 things to do when you want a divorce

You may only be in your early 30s, but you want a divorce. The marriage just isn't working out. Maybe you suspect your spouse isn't being faithful, maybe you're always fighting, or maybe there's a fundamental difference that is going to drive you apart -- your spouse doesn't want kids, for instance, but you do.

Ultimately, you feel like the reason for the divorce is unimportant. What is important is understanding your legal rights and how to proceed. You've never done this before and you don't want to make any mistakes. Below are five things you should do:

What Happens to my Spouse's Debts During the Divorce Process?

It is no secret that the financial issues surrounding a divorce can be incredibly complex. While people are married, most couples join their bank accounts. This means that all of their debts, purchases, and recurring bills generally become one.

During divorce proceedings, the division of assets is central. Dividing houses, cars, and deciding custody are all important issues; however, dividing the debt between the couple is a central component as well. What happens to these debts when a divorce is finalized?

Succeeding in a Child Custody Move-Away Petition

When a couple goes through a divorce, it can be exceptionally difficult when there are children involved. While dividing up a house, cars, and financial assets is already challenging enough, the kids cannot be split up. Ultimately, an increasing majority of couples opt for joint custody. However, there are still many reasons why one parent may end up with primary custody while the other parent receives visitation rights.

This dispute may become renewed if a parent with either joint custody or primary custody needs to move away. While there are legitimate reasons for the move, it can be challenging to succeed in a move-away petition if it seriously impacts the other parent's ability to see their children. There are a few tips that everyone should keep in mind if they are considering filing a move-away petition with child custody implications. 

More Men are Wining Custody Disputes: Here's Why

For years, many people thought it was a given that women were going to win the custody disputes during a divorce. The court may have thought that men were the ones earning the money and that money could be replaced through child support; however, time was a priceless asset that couldn't be replaced.

Since women were the ones raising the children, they were the ones winning custody. In recent years, the rate of men winning custody of the children during the divorce process has been rising. Here are a few reasons why. 

Divorce: Telling the Kids and Helping them Cope

No matter how you look at it, divorce is hard. It can be especially difficult on the kids. Even though you and your spouse know divorce is the right decision for your family, kids often feel guilty or betrayed by it. It's up to you as parents to put up a united front and help them through this tough time.

Telling the Kids about an Impending Divorce

Telling your children that their parents are divorcing is sure to be one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do. Younger children may not fully understand what it means, but older children who do understand may have a difficult time dealing with it. You and your spouse may not agree on anything, but on this, you should do your best to come together to help your kids understand and cope.

How Fathers Can Win Custody

In decades past, it used to be assumed that mothers would win the custody battles. This was largely because mothers did most of the child-rearing while fathers worked. It was believed that the father could still support the kids but couldn't replace the child-rearing that might be lost from the mother.

Today, more fathers are winning custody battles than ever. This means it is vital that any parent involved in a custody battle should seek the advice of an attorney to ensure they have the best chance possible to reach the outcome that they desire.

The nickels and dimes of divorce

One of the most pressing questions that preoccupy divorcing couples is "How much is my divorce going to cost?" The answer to this question is not easy to predict initially, as every couple navigates a slightly different divorce process. However, once a couple's priorities, needs, questions and financial situation are more thoroughly examined, a more precise answer can be determined.

It is important to understand that the nickels and dimes of divorce are determined by two distinct processes. First, there is the practical side of divorce, which involves splitting a unified household into two individual households. If you are divorcing, you are likely well aware that only one of you gets to keep your couch and only one of you gets to keep your grill. Replacing any items that your spouse retains ownership of will cost you money. Second, there is the legal side of divorce. For better and for worse, this cost can be easier to calculate than the practical side of the process. 

Parenting time: Making child-focused decisions

Divorce is difficult for everyone involved. Children, however, will make an easier adjustment when the parents work together even if they do not live with each other. Parents typically decide the parenting time schedules that work best for all involved but are centered on the child's needs. If there are no physical or sexual abuse, chemical dependency, or other domestic violence issues, a child will benefit most by having regular contact with both parents.

Parenting time, and co-parenting in general, require some finesse and careful thought from both parties as they navigate busy schedules. Even if you and your spouse despise each other you can follow a few simple tips to ensure your decisions are child-focused. 

Divorce advice: The good, the bad and the ugly

Did you start receiving loads of unsolicited advice as soon as you announced your divorce to your loved ones and colleagues? If your answer to this question is "yes" please know that you are not alone. Unsolicited divorce-related advice is a startlingly common occurrence.

Once you receive unsolicited advice, it can be difficult to know just how to process it. Even if you intend to ignore it, such advice can affect you subconsciously. It is therefore important to approach this kind of advice thoughtfully and intentionally.

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