Spousal Maintenance After Remarriage

February 15, 2018

Divorce can be one of the most financially stressful events in a person’s life.  After sometimes years of living and joining financial resources with another person, divorce means having to live on your own and find your own way to meet your expenses.  For a spouse that has been a stay-at-home parent or has foregone […]

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When Can You Spy On Your Spouse – GPS Trackers, Email Hacking, Nanny Cams

February 6, 2018

After sharing your life with a person, you get to know their normal patterns of behavior.  Sometimes before or during a divorce, your spouse’s behavior changes and you may begin to suspect something is wrong.  Maybe you suspect your spouse of infidelity or hiding assets or income.  Whatever the issue, in such a situation, a […]

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What Does “Equitable Distribution” Mean?

February 5, 2018

The end of a marriage means that the parties will have to divide up all assets and debts that have been accumulated during the marriage.  Retirement accounts, credit card debts, the marital home, and personal property are just a few examples of the things that will have to be considered and distributed.  In Minnesota, the […]

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Tips for an Amicable Divorce

January 24, 2018

Divorce can be a horribly exhausting process, both emotionally and financially. In fact, the divorce process is notorious for stretching out much too long and ending with both parties being angry and resentful at the end of the case.  Luckily not all cases are like this.  Some parties successfully go through the divorce process without […]

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Love is love. Marriage is marriage. And divorce is divorce.

November 13, 2017

Credit Josh Brekken, Attorney & Eric Parker, Attorney As attorneys focused on family law, sometimes we’re asked about same-sex divorce. How is it different? The answer: It’s not. Minnesota law makes no legal distinction between the marriage—or the divorce—of any two consenting adult parties. In other words: Marriage doesn’t discriminate. And neither does divorce. Divorce comes […]

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Facing divorce? Have a seat at the (mediation) table.

October 2, 2017

Credit Katie Jarvi, Attorney Divorce is a really small word for a really big pile of stuff: Emotions. Logistics. Discussions. Paperwork. Arguments. Even if you and your soon-to-be-ex plan on holding hands and frolicking through the process with mutual respect and admiration, it’s still an intimidating undertaking. And if you’re feeling not-so-frolicky? Or downright acrimonious? […]

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Divorce and the ERISA

August 16, 2017

Credit Sarah Sicheneder, Attorney See the original article at: epilawg.com Divorcing couples likely feel relief once they learn that the court has signed an order legally ending the marriage. However, just because the order is signed does not mean the divorce process is done – new deeds need to be recorded, mortgages assumed by one party […]

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Parenting Across Generations

July 10, 2017

Credit  Samantha Graf, Attorney & Eric Parker, Attorney 1960s comedic star Sam Levenson famously said: “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” Of course, Levenson was trying to be funny. But sometimes, the grandparent/parent/child dynamic isn’t very funny. When parents are unable or unwilling to care […]

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Don’t consider retirement without reevaluating your spousal maintenance plan

April 17, 2017

Written by Josh Brekken, Attorney & Chris Johnson, Attorney Finalized divorces may not feel very final if you still pay or receive spousal maintenance (commonly referred to as “alimony”). And yet, it often becomes a matter of routine. Whether your divorce was settled last year, last decade, or before the disco era, you may be […]

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Will Cohabitation Wipe out Spousal Maintenance Awards Now?

July 31, 2016

On August 1, 2016, there are some seismic shifts happening in family law, especially as it relates to spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance can be established by settlement or a court decision. And until recently it only ended three ways: An end date agreed to or decided by the court The death of either party The […]

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