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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services.  So far, not one client or staff member has become infected based on contact at this office and we will continue with safety protocols in an attempt to keep it that way. My office will continue to put the safety of our staff and you as our top priority. We do greatly appreciate your cooperation in conducting business in a safe fashion by utilizing current technology. Regardless of what happens, we will continue to take care of all of your legal needs.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

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Living together before marriage can increase the risk of a split

| Oct 30, 2018 | Family Law

Minnesota couples might be surprised to learn that a new study has found that cohabitating before marriage might increase the long-term risk of divorce. While it seems logical that living together before marriage would help couples navigate the changes that marriage brings, researchers found that there was no evidence of this past the first year of marriage.

The study, which was published in the September issue of Journal of Marriage and Family, used data from women age 44 or younger who were in their first marriages from 1970 to 2015. Previous data had focused on the opposite, arguing that the ‘premarital cohabitation effect” had disappeared. However, the study’s research led to the conclusion that this was not true past the first year of marriage. They also argued that while couples who had not lived together before getting married faced a significant shock that they had to navigate when they began to live together, their risk of divorce only increased in the short term.

While people do not think about divorce when they first get married, the risk of separation is there for all couples. Family law addresses many aspects of life, including planning before marriage, during marriage and even for divorce and life post-divorce. Being prepared for any possibilities is important in living a stable life and ensuring emotional and financial health throughout life.

For couples who are planning on marriage or divorce, a lawyer with family law experience can provide guidance and help with planning for eventualities. A lawyer can explain the legal options available during periods of life changes and help a client make wise decisions.