As so often in life, when a topic is new to someone, the language related to that topic may be daunting and incomprehensible. The same may hold true when it comes to divorce. One aspect of divorce that may confuse and overwhelm someone in the midst of the situation is alimony.
Anyone in Minnesota who considers ending a marriage may find that learning some of the "language" that will be encountered can simplify the process. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution option where a divorce mediator helps the parties resolve issues. Collaboration is similar option where both parties, their attorneys and professional advisers agree to work together to reach a fair agreement. Litigation, a third option, is necessary when the parties cannot agree and need the court to decide unresolved issues.
Most people have friends, parents, parents' friends or friends' parents who have gotten divorced. Just because it is common, doesn't mean that everyone is intimately familiar with every part of the divorce process. That lack of understanding often extends to the concept of modifications.
Victims of domestic violence find themselves in a difficult position when they want to get out of their relationships. If they're married, they may wish to ask for a divorce, but doing so could put them in danger. Likewise, leaving could result in the abuser seeking them or family members out, threatening their lives.