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About underage DUI and the disruption to your future

If law enforcement arrests you on suspicion of DUI , you will face more than the legal penalties.

As a driver under the age of 21, an arrest for drunk driving will complicate your life in the coming days and weeks, but a conviction will complicate your future.

How much does a divorce cost in Minnesota?

A lot is on your mind when contemplating divorce. Who will get the house? How will it affect the children? It is a very emotionally challenging event to endure.

There is also the practical side to worry about, such as how much it will cost. The average, according to The Street, is $15,000 per spouse. Your bill depends on numerous factors.

The stepparent adoption process in Minnesota

The love of a parent is critical in the proper development of a child. Sometimes, that parental love is strongest with non-biological parents. For stepparents looking to adopt their spouses' children, it is important to be familiar with all aspects of the process. Particularly in Minnesota, the stepparent adoption process can fall into three main parts:

Why divorce is rarely ever 50/50

The divorce rate usually happens to between 40 and 50% of all marriages. It is lower in some states than others, such as Minnesota. The state has one of the lowest stress rates in the country, which likely contributes to its lower divorce rate. 

Any couples going into divorce need to debunk some common myths before getting too far along. For example, many couples assume the court will divide all assets in an even split. However, that is not always the case. While some states call for an equal distribution of property, Minnesota is not one of them. Minnesota calls for an equitable division of assets, which means divorce is not always 50/50. This means each spouse walks away from the marriage with property the court deemed fair considering all circumstances. 

What constitutes a fair and equitable property settlement?

If you face obtaining a Minnesota divorce, one of the things that likely concerns you the most is the way in which you and your spouse will split up your marital assets. As you may know, Minnesota requires an equitable distribution of marital property in any divorce. But what makes up a fair and equitable property settlement?

Unfortunately, no definition exists for “fair and equitable.” While a 50/50 split of marital property may be fair and equitable for one divorcing couple, it may not be so for you and your spouse. It all depends on your circumstances.

Do you want to keep better control over your divorce?

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may be dreading litigation and having to comply with the decisions a judge will make for your life going forward.

There is, however, another option. Mediation has many advantages over litigation, and one of them is allowing you and your spouse to control the outcome of your divorce.

Child support calculation and payment

Divorce and child custody cases often cause high stress. A hot point with many is money, and more specifically, how much one thinks the other should receive.

Child support payments can cause an ongoing issue between former spouses long after the judge issues the final divorce order. Some people who pay child support do not always like to do so, and because it is a recurring payment, the issue may continue to loom. How is child support calculated, and how can someone receive it without confrontation?

An IID allows you to continue driving after a DWI charge

Minnesota has some harsh penalties for motorists convicted of driving while intoxicated, including driver's license suspension. When you absolutely have to drive to get around town, there is a solution: the ignition interlock device.

Penalties at a glance

3 disadvantages of DIY divorce

If you are trying to save money and time on your divorce, you may feel the temptation to go the DIY route. While a DIY divorce may sound simple, it can actually be more complex, costly and lengthy than a traditional divorce that involves a lawyer. 

Divorcing without a lawyer is risky financially, legally and emotionally. Here are some reasons why you should avoid divorcing without legal representation.

Personal injury protection and your auto accident

A motor vehicle accident can have devastating consequences, such as serious injuries that lead to extensive medical bills. Thankfully, there are certain measures in place to assist with this after an auto accident, such as personal injury protection.

In an effort to get the most out of a policy, there are a few things to understand.


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