Category Archives: Child Support

September 21, 2015

The Collaborative “Team”: The Role of the Financial Neutral

1The Financial Neutral often plays an invaluable role for the divorcing couple. Usually a Certified Financial Planner, and often also someone with the additional certification of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, the Financial Neutral also has training specifically in the collaborative Continue reading…

September 15, 2014

The Collaborative Approach to Child Support

How to provide financially for children after divorce has been a much-discussed topic for decades. Courts have traditionally used child support guidelines established by state government to calculate a monthly payment from one parent to the other. The Minnesota guideline Continue reading…

August 12, 2014

The Uncertainty of Paternity

Paternity matters in Minnesota courts are still treated as quasi-criminal. Reviewing the legal forms reveals that the parties are usually referred to as Plaintiff and Defendant, rather than Petitioner and Respondent, as is now used in divorce matters. Fathers are Continue reading…

August 15, 2013

3 Tips for How and When to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

Professionals who work with divorcing couples know that it is rare for couples to be at the same place in terms of deciding whether the marriage needs to end.  In almost every case, there is one spouse who has taken Continue reading…

July 22, 2013

Top 5 Divorce Myths and Their Impact

The myths and misunderstandings about divorce could make you act in ways that would hurt you in your divorce. Here are some of the most common myths and how actions based on those myths could impact the final divorce terms. Continue reading…

July 19, 2013

Deciding the Terms of Your Divorce

Marriage is a contract.  Once you get married you have either wittingly or unwittingly agreed to a host of legal terms of a contract.  The terms of this contract can even change because the laws change or even because people Continue reading…

July 10, 2013

Why Prenuptial Agreements?

Prenuptial agreements – “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” For people planning their wedding, the thought of entering into a prenuptial agreement may seem unromantic and pessimistic. It addresses what would happen if your marriage doesn’t work out. But Continue reading…

June 17, 2013

Post-graduation Parental Support

Divorced or uncoupled parents of graduates will have a few extra issues to deal with. We hope they can plan the graduation party together and agree on who hosts it, who is invited, how the costs will be covered, etc., Continue reading…

May 21, 2013

Should Financial Obligations in Divorce be Determined by a Computer Program?

An important rationale for alternative dispute resolution methods, including collaborative divorce and mediation, is that parents can make better decisions for their family than can a judge who doesn’t know them.  This is true with all issues in divorce or Continue reading…