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Parenting agreements and relocating with your child

Raising your child as a co-parent creates a difficult dynamic if you want to move away from your current location. Many parents find themselves tied to the location where their child happens to be at the time of their divorce. If one co-parent wants to move for a better job or a better life in another place, for example, the other co-parent could nix the move by refusing to give permission.

Since one parent's wish to relocate could represent a significant issue in the years after your divorce, you may want to clarify how to handle the issue by including a series of specifically worded parenting provisions in your child custody agreement.

Breaking down 5 divorce myths

Divorce has grown more common over the past few decades, and that trend has also spawned a number of serious myths about the process.

Maybe you and your spouse are considering divorce, and you have heard all sorts of "facts" from your co-workers whenever you bring it up. They tell you things you can barely believe. What is safe to discount? How do you separate fact from fiction before entering into divorce yourself?

Advice for talking to preschoolers about divorce

Adults and children view divorce very differently -- especially when you're comparing adults with young, preschool-aged children. An adult will experience different complicated facets of a divorce, but a preschooler will see it in simple, concrete terms.

While you're concerned about the long-term consequences of your ending relationship -- and trying to keep an eye on the big, positive picture -- your preschooler is worrying about whom the cat's going to live with and whether he'll ever see his dad again.

5 helpful divorce tips

When you're ready to get a divorce, you must take the necessary steps to make it happen. One of those steps will involve preparing your divorce petition before filing.

However, there are some additional steps that divorcing spouses should take before and during their divorce proceedings. Make sure to read the following tips to ensure you navigate your upcoming divorce the right way.

Divorce questions: Can I keep my inheritance?

Imagine you received an inheritance of $100,000 from your uncle and a year later you decide to get a divorce. You're probably concerned about whether you'll get to keep your inheritance money or if you'll need to split it with your soon-to-be ex.

The answer to this question largely depends on what you did with the inheritance after receiving it.

What is the history of alimony?

When a family law court orders one spouse to pay the other spouse financial support during separation or after divorce -- either permanently or temporarily -- it's considered alimony. In some instances, the paying spouse may question why alimony is necessary and wonder how the concept came to be.

In order to understand the history of alimony, we have to go back into legal history to the English ecclesiastical courts.

These 3 reasons are why most people divorce

Many people think that the number one cause of divorce is infidelity. While people do file for divorce because of a cheating spouse, there are actually several other reasons for divorce that are more common. You might also be surprised to learn that money does not make the list of the top three reasons why people divorce.

Even if your reasons for wanting to divorce are not on the list, it does not mean that they are less valid. In reality, if you simply feel like your life would be better if you were no longer married, then divorce is probably a good choice.

What to expect when you bring up the idea of the divorce process

Did you know that female spouses initiate approximately three out of four divorces? This figure could change in the years to come as a result of new laws that allow for same-sex marriages. Nevertheless, it's an interesting statistic to note. It takes a great deal of courage for any spouse to initiate the "divorce talk," and maybe this is proof that women are the most courageous of the human species.In some cases, spouses who want to be free never state their wish to divorce because they just don't know how to do it. If you're feeling this way, the advice that follows should help.

How to broach the divorce topic

Thinking of divorce? Avoid these mistakes

Divorce can be a very difficult process that involves complicated decisions. This makes it necessary to spend time preparing. If you rush through the process, you risk making mistakes that can cost you a fair share of your marital assets. For example, if you are too focused on getting through the divorce, you may not take into consideration the tax consequences of keeping your house in the Twin Cities or selling it and dividing the proceeds.

It is easy to overlook the details when the only thing you are focused on is signing the divorce papers. Read below for some mistakes you should avoid during your divorce.

How to approach the topic of divorce with your kids

You and your spouse have had the "talk" with each other and now it's time to tell your kids: You're getting a divorce. But how do you go about doing that while honoring the needs and sensitivities of a young child?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to talking to kids about divorce. Parents need to consider the age and maturity of their children, as well as the unique needs that their children may have. That said, the following pieces of advice may prove helpful when approaching this topic with your children.

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