Posts Tagged ‘Gardening’

Power Stones – Montana Moss Agates

September 28th, 2022

Since biblical times agates have been considered power stones,Guest Posting talismans of protection and healing energy. The agates found in Montana are no exception. Native Americans believed the intriguing stone told stories from the earth mother and provided protection. It was the stone of warriors. Montana Moss Agate is considered by many to be the most powerful of all agates and is said to ward off storms.

Montana Moss Agate, a semi-precious stone found in the alluvial gravels of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries, is an exquisite and valued form of “chalcedony”, one of many types of the mineral, quartz. Montana Moss Agate is classified as a cryptocrystalline or microcrystalline quartz and has a hardness rating of 7.

Montana Moss Agate will take a high polish and is used in carvings and jewelry. The Montana Moss Agate is noted for the dendrite and ribbon effect in the rocks. Another type of Montana Moss Agate is sometimes called pepper rock for sprinkles of black found in it that resemble pepper grains.

Although agates of many different varieties are distributed around the world, this beautiful and unique agate is only found in eastern Montana. Most of these agates are located in gravel deposits from the Pleistocene age.

Domestic Relations Law in Montana

April 20th, 2022

In Montana, the legal name for a divorce is a “dissolution of marriage.” Family law is also known as domestic relations. It can include divorce, asset and debt division, custody, child support, spousal support, parenting, visitation, adoption, and paternity.

Sometimes parties try to amicably resolve cases whereas others prefer aggressively try their cases in court.

Montana is a “no fault” state. In Montana you do not have to show that one person is at fault for the breakdown of the marriage. Your spouse does not have to agree to getting the dissolution, and you do not need to prove that there has been wrong-doing by one of the parties.

A dissolution (also called a divorce) legally ends the marriage and changes your status from married to single. It also determines related issues that you/your attorney should address in the Petition for Dissolution, such as:

1. Living arrangements for the children and what contact they will have with each parent;
2. Child support and medical support for the children;
3. Who will keep what property; and
4. Who will be responsible for which debts.

In Montana, the wife and husband in a dissolution are called the parties to the dissolution. The Petitioner is the party who first asks the court for a dissolution. The Petitioner asks the court for a dissolution by filing a Petition for Dissolution with the court. The Respondent is the other party. Sometimes both parties are the petitioner (such as in a joint petition for dissolution).

If you and your spouse (or other parent) agree on most issues, you may be able to proceed without a lawyer, which is known as pro se. If your case is complicated, you will probably need to hire a lawyer who is licensed in Montana to help you navigate the Montana legal system effectively. How do I know if my case will become contested?

You only can get a dissolution in Montana if Montana has jurisdiction over your case. Montana has jurisdiction to rule on your dissolution if you have resided in Montana for at least 90 days prior to getting your dissolution (M.C.A. section 40-4-104).

If there are children of the marriage who are under 18 years old, the children must have resided in Montana for at least six months before you can file for a dissolution in the state. There are a few exceptions, but, generally, Montana courts do not have jurisdiction to make judgments regarding the children unless they have resided in the state for at least six months (M.C.A. section 40-4-211).