If you are seriously considering a divorce – or if you’ve made the difficult determination that you need a divorce – it’s time to consult with an experienced St. Croix County divorce lawyer. The terms of your divorce set the stage for your post-divorce future, and it’s important to give each element the careful attention it requires. Your dedicated divorce lawyer will help ensure that you have your priorities in order and that you approach your divorce with the tools necessary to move forward with confidence and purpose into the next stage of your life.
If your divorce involves children, a primary concern from the outset of your divorce is likely to be your child custody arrangements. Typically, both parents in Minnesota share legal custody of their children, which means that they both participate in the important parental right and responsibility of making critical decisions on their children’s behalf, including decisions related to:
Further, while both parents usually also share physical custody (whom the children live with), one parent generally is the primary custodial parent with whom the children live primarily, and the other parent has a visitation schedule. If you and your divorcing spouse cannot come to mutually acceptable terms related to child custody arrangements, the court will do so on your behalf. The court always bases its decisions on these matters on the children’s best interests, but this, nevertheless, rests this important decision-making process from your control. If possible, it’s nearly always in the best interest of all involved to hammer out child custody arrangements between the two of you.
After your child custody arrangements, the division of your marital property will almost certainly be your most important divorce concern. This division can have a profound impact on you and your children’s financial future, and it’s important to make sure you protect your financial interests from the outset.
In Minnesota, the property you and your spouse acquired together as a married couple (regardless of who made the purchase or whose name is on the lease) is marital property – to be divided in a manner that is deemed equitable or fair rather than strictly down the middle. Exceptions include any gifts or inheritances that either of you received in your own name alone during the course of your marriage. Individual property that you brought into the marriage generally remains your own separate property.
If you are ready to take the next step in the divorce process, the experienced St. Croix County divorce lawyers at Atticus Family Law are committed to helping. Our dedicated legal team has extensive experience helping clients like you hammer out personalized divorce terms that prioritize what matters most to you. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced legal team today.
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