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A new trend in desserts: Divorce cakes

There's a new trend that could be hitting Minnesota bakeries: divorce cakes. We have cakes for birthdays, cakes for weddings and cakes for baby showers, so why not cakes for divorce? After all, if you focus on the positive aspects of your divorce, you're stepping into a new stage of life and, hopefully, it will be stage that's a great deal happier.

Could your spouse be hiding assets in your divorce?

It's not uncommon for hidden assets to become a factor in a Minnesota divorce. It might happen something like this: Your spouse told you that he or she was earning about $3,000 per month throughout the course of your 10-year marriage. However, the income was actually about $15,000. All the extra earnings were going into a secret bank account that you were never aware of.

How the 'innocent spouse' defense can work for you

If you are divorcing, you may discover secrets about your soon-to-be ex-spouse, that may set you aflame with anger. Indeed, extra-marital affairs, and illegitimate children can complicate things, but these might be the least of your worries. You might also find that your ex has been cheating on your tax returns for years, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is trying to hold you jointly liable.

The Hague Convention and international custody disputes

When you have a baby with a foreigner, you run the risk of difficult disagreements about where the baby should live in the event of a breakup. In extreme cases, a foreign spouse may try to abscond with a young child to bring the child back to his or her nation of origin. If the foreign parent succeeds in bringing the child to another country, and will not return the child, it could give rise to a serious international child custody dispute.

What are the various stages of the divorce process?

One of the scariest parts of divorce -- aside from the emotional challenges -- is the fact that spouses don't know what to expect during their proceedings. As such, it should be every Minnesota divorce lawyer's priority to educate his or her clients about the stages of divorce, so that spouses can feel calmer and don't experience any surprises during the process.

Cohabitation can be grounds for maintenance revisions

In Minnesota, a spouse may be told to pay maintenance during a divorce. Called both "alimony" and "spousal support" in other areas, this is simply money paid by one spouse to help support the other. It's often used when that spouse was expecting to be supported and can't do so alone.

Why do those with divorced parents get divorced more often?

Many studies have come to the same conclusion: If your parents ended up getting divorced, the odds are higher than you will, too. This doesn't mean there are not examples that don't fit this model or that every person with divorced parents won't have a life-long marriage. But the studies simply show that it's move likely. Why does this happen?

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