Minnesota NASCAR fans may have heard that the chief executive officer of NASCAR is currently in the midst of arguing a post-dissolution matter with his ex-wife. Even though it was a high asset divorce, the CEO and his now ex-wife initially agreed over how to divide both millions of dollars in assets and their time with their twins.
It seems generally accepted that the rate of marital dissolutions in Minnesota and around the country is declining. Every state that measures its divorce rates has reported a decrease in the actual number of divorces. Moreover, the annual divorce rate has dropped about 30 percent over the years.
The concept of a collaborative divorce began in Minnesota about 30 years ago. In a collaborative divorce, the splitting couple agrees to use every reasonable effort to resolve their issues outside of the courtroom. The idea of a collaborative divorce is to speed up the process and, as much as possible, to remove the stress and anger that often comes along with a more traditional divorce, for both the parties and their children.
Most Minnesotans may think of Valentine's Day as a day for marriage proposals and romantic dates and not as a day that would mark the end of a relationship. However, those who study family law trends recently reported that, in fact, a spouse is much more likely to file a divorce proceeding just after the annual celebration of love.
Taxes are an important issue that is likely to arise between separating spouses in Minnesota. Particularly in a high asset divorce, the tax consequences of a divorce settlement can prove substantial enough so as to justify a lot of give and take between the parties.
Some people here in Minnesota may have heard that "Fraiser" star Kelsey Grammer's divorce from his wife Camille Grammer was official as of February 2011. However, Camille Grammer revealed earlier this month that the two were still working out the details of their split. The couple only recently resolved the outstanding division of property and child custody issues.
Kid Cudi, the singer and actor whom many Minnesotans might recognize from his role on an HBO short series, has agreed after a year-long court fight to allow the mother of his daughter to have custody of the child. After Cudi established his paternity, he apparently wanted to care for his daughter full time, even moving closer to her in order to do so.
A Minnesota agency in charge of overseeing the conduct of the state's lawyers has suspended a St. Paul attorney for nine months in connection with her work in a divorce case. However, as a condition of her getting her law license back, she must also show adequate progress in resolving certain mental health or addiction issues.
A Minnesota man recently spent 30 days in jail for planting some high-tech tracking devices on his estranged wife's car and phone. The man and his now ex-wife were on the brink of a divorce, and the man wanted to find out whether his wife was having an affair.
Local readers in St. Paul may have heard about well-known saxophonist Kenny G filing for divorce from his wife of 20 years earlier this month. In Kenny G's case, as in many divorces where one spouse was the primary wage earner during the marriage, the couple must work out spousal maintenance. Determining alimony can be one of the most contentious aspects of divorce, but can also afford spouses the opportunity to protect their own financial interests.