How Much Does It Cost to Get Divorced?

The issue of cost usually is one of the first questions to come up when someone considers getting a divorce. The anecdotes and horror stories about the high cost of divorce are all too easy to find online, particularly on social media. But asking “How much does it cost to get divorced?” is a necessary and legitimate question, especially if you are considering hiring an attorney to represent you in the dissolution process. The most honest answer any attorney can provide is that we don’t definitively know, as many factors determine the exact amount. We can, however, provide insights about…

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Child Support Basics in Minnesota

Child support is a common element of a divorce involving minor children, paternity, and custody actions in Minnesota. A child support order can include three different components: basic child support, medical support, and child care support. Basic support is almost always a part of a child support order as it includes payments from one parent (payor/obligor) to the other (payee/obligee) for daily needs such as food, shelter, and clothing for the child(ren). Medical support is payment for the child(ren)’s health, dental, and/or vision insurance premiums, and also the child(ren)’s uninsured expenses such as co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, eyeglasses, orthodontia, etc. Child…

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What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO for short, is a unique court order that is commonly used to split a 401(k), 403(b), pension plan, or some other “qualified plan” as defined by federal law. The Department of Labor defines a QDRO as an order that creates or recognizes the existence of an alternate payee’s right to receive, or assigns to an alternate payee the right to receive, all or a portion of the benefits payable with respect to a participant under a retirement plan, and that includes certain information and meets certain other requirements. The participant is the person…

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Do It Yourself Divorce – Good or Bad?

Facing a divorce is hard enough. Facing the potential costs of divorce doesn’t make it any easier. This is why many people are turning to the “do-it-yourself” approach. But is this a good idea? The best way to approach this question is through an analogy. Say the engine in your car breaks down and you are left stranded. Do you attempt to fix your car by yourself or do you bring your car to an automotive shop and have the work done by an experienced professional on your behalf? The answer is not always black and white, but most people…

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