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Sociologists at NYU say that a person’s height can help determine how likely they are to get a divorce later in life. For their study, researchers sought to determine how certain social and physical factors influenced a person’s likelihood of divorce. To do this, researchers looked at data from 4,500 families over a 16-year span....
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A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan found that a spouse’s health can serve as a predictor of divorce likelihood. According to researchers, couples in which one of the partners is chronically ill are 50 percent more likely to get a divorce than the average couple. To unearth these findings, researchers...
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With the exception of Wyoming, Vermont and Georgia, every state in America saw an increase in the number of divorced residents living in their state since 2007. The analysis published on Bloomberg.com examined the change in the number of residents age 15 and older who were divorced in 2012 compared to similar data collected in...
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Marketwatch recently put out an interesting article on the timing of divorce. In their article they noted that a University of Minnesota study indicated that more people, both young and old, were seeking divorces. With divorce rates on the rise, they asked the question, “Is there a good time to get divorce?” Obviously no one...
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When there is a contested issue in a family law case, there are generally two ways that the issue will be resolved: either the judge will make a decision on the contested issue, or the parties will settle the issue themselves. There are many benefits to settling a matter, and even in a case where...
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Potential clients looking for legal representation may sometimes pursue a pro-bono (no cost) or reduced fee attorney.  Typically, reduced-fee or free legal services are only available for those who have low incomes. Not all private law firms provide pro-bono or reduced fee representation, and those that do provide these services will do them on a...
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A prenup (also known as an ante-nuptial agreement, premarital agreement, or prenuptial agreement) can be relatively inexpensive or very expensive depending on the issues and property involved. A prenuptial agreement is a contract that parties sign prior to marriage that triggers in the event that the parties are divorced.  If parties have a lot of...
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Before we answer the question, let’s look at how divorce is viewed at the state level.  Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state, which means that either party can be granted a divorce without an allegation or proof of fault on either party’s behalf.  A divorce will be granted in Minnesota even if the other party...
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If your house is in your spouse’s parents name, this can cloud the issue of the disposition of the home.  It depends on the circumstances surrounding why the house is in your spouse’s parents’ name. If your spouse’s parents purchased the home for you and your spouse and charged you rent, but never had any...
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The division of family heirlooms in a divorce proceeding largely depends on whether the heirloom is considered marital property or non-marital property.  In Minnesota, non-marital property is property that one party either; (1) acquired before the marriage; (2) acquired during the marriage by gift, bequest, devise, or inheritance from a third-party; or (3) acquired after...
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