Step-Parent Adoption and Divorce

August 30, 2019

Completing a step-parent adoption is a joyous occasion.  Expanding a child’s family and sense of stability can only be beneficial as the child grows and matures.  Although the optimal situation means that the family will remain together and stable indefinitely, that is not always the case.  Divorce is an unfortunate reality for many families.  Divorce […]

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Can I Require my Ex to Prove How Child Support is Being Spent?

July 15, 2019

Any parent can tell you that there are extensive expenses associated with raising a child.  The basic expenses like food, shelter, and clothing can add up, before you even start to consider other things, such as extracurricular fees, medical costs, and daycare or after school care expenses.  When parents live together, they can pool their […]

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Debt and Child Support

July 12, 2019

Children are a great joy, but also greatly expensive.  Keeping a child adequately fed, clothed, and shelter can absorb significant resources.  When a child gets older, school fees and extracurricular activities can also add to the pile of expenses.  Moreover, health care expenses can be overwhelming, especially if a child has special needs.  In recognition […]

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No Fault Divorce – Why Fault Can Still Matter

June 14, 2019

The end of a marriage is a difficult time for everyone.  Divorce is draining for the parties involved, both emotionally and financially.  In Minnesota, either party may seek a divorce without proving fault.  This means that neither spouse needs to demonstrate that the other spouse is the one responsible for the breakdown of the marriage.  […]

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Gambling Debt and Divorce

June 13, 2019

The end of a marriage is often one of the most difficult financial times for both parties.  In most cases, spouses have worked together to build financial security, plan for retirement, buy real estate, and other important steps to create a secure future.  During a divorce, the spouses will have to figure out how to […]

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Age Gap and Divorce

June 11, 2019

It is often stated that half of all marriages end in divorce.  Some reasons for divorce may be more common than others, such as adultery, substance abuse, or financial infidelity.  A recent study indicates that an age gap between the parties can also be a strong contributing factor.  If the parties have an age gap […]

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Sveen v. Melin

June 10, 2019

Estate planning is an important step for any adult, as it can make sure that your friends and family members are taken care of after you pass away, designate particular people to make decisions on your behalf, and lay out your health care preferences, just to name a few.  Purchasing a life insurance policy is […]

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Futile Mediation

June 5, 2019

Law suits are notorious for absorbing months or even years of time, to say nothing of the substantial financial resources expended for attorney fees.  Divorce and child custody cases are no exception to this rule.  Family law cases are often more emotionally exhausting for those involved than other types of law suits, as the very […]

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My Spouse Lied at the Divorce Hearing – Now What

June 4, 2019

The final divorce hearing is a bittersweet event.  The hearing will provide resolution to a law suit that has been pending for months or even years, and the result will likely have major impact on the lives of both parties for years to come, as well as impacting the lives of any children the parties […]

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Divorce Jurisdiction Over Non-Residents

May 31, 2019

Divorce is an overwhelming process, and it can take people months or even years to make the decision to move forward with the case.  During the time when the relationship starts to disintegrate and the parties decide to actually file the divorce, it is very possible that the parties will have been separated.  When one […]

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