If you are facing a divorce, you are facing a serious transition in your life. The terms of your divorce will set the stage for your post-divorce future and will directly affect your financial and parental rights moving forward, which makes working closely with an experienced divorce attorney in Hennepin County extremely well-advised.
Your divorce will follow its own unique course, but the terms involved are universal, including (as applicable):
If you and your divorcing spouse are able to land on terms that work for both of you, you can avoid the court’s intervention in the matter.
In the State of Minnesota, those assets that you acquire during your marriage – with very few exceptions – are marital property, which is divided equitably in the event that you divorce. Equitably means fairly – given the circumstances involved. Those assets that you owned as a single person and brought with you into your marriage remain as separate property – as long as you keep them separate during the course of your marriage (which can be difficult).
Child custody breaks down into both legal and physical custody. Legal custody determines who will be making the important parenting decisions related to education, religious upbringing, extracurriculars, and health care. Physical custody, on the other hand, determines how you and your ex will split your time with your shared children. This can play out in a variety of ways, but the most common include the following:
The court is always motivated by the best interests of the children, and whenever possible, seeks to maximize the amount of time children are able to spend with each parent.
Both you and your ex are responsible for supporting your shared children financially, and child support payments reflect this responsibility. Child support is based on each parent’s ability to pay, which means that, even if you and your children’s other parent split your time with your kids directly down the middle, the higher earner will likely be responsible for paying child support to the other parent.
Alimony is not a factor in every divorce, but if one of you will experience financial difficulties upon divorce and the other has the financial ability to help, the court might deem alimony appropriate.
Divorce is one of those major transitions in life for which having professional legal counsel in your corner is always a good idea, and the accomplished divorce attorneys at Atticus Family Law in Hennepin County have the experience, drive, and resources to help you. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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