Estate Planning and Prenuptial Agreements

August 12, 2019

Planning for the future is an exciting time.  This is even more exciting if you are planning on getting married soon, and have a special person to help you plan for the future.  Estate plans and prenuptial agreements are two steps that you and your soon to be spouse can review and execute to make […]

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Why Adopt – Security for the Family Unit

August 2, 2019

Being a good parent and forming a strong parent-child bond does not always require that you are biologically related to the child.  Caring for and bringing up a child can result in a bond as strong as any enjoyed between a biological parent and his or her offspring.  Adoption is the legal way to solidify […]

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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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Custody and Mental Illness

May 15, 2019

The end of a relationship between two people is never an easy time.  The complications and challenges are compounded when the parties share children.  When parties share children and they divorce or separate, a judge will make an order for parenting time and custody.  This order will be made after the judge carefully considers what […]

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Why You Should Consider Legal Separation

May 14, 2019

It is never easy or simple making the decision to end a marriage.  You and your spouse may have spent years or even decades together, building and planning for your future.  The disintegration of your relationship is emotionally challenging, to say the least, and it is difficult to face the many decisions that need to […]

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When Contempt is Used in Family Law

May 7, 2019

Going through a divorce, custody, or post-divorce suit is never easy.  Family law is a very personal type of litigation, as it delves into the daily, personal decisions you make about your children, your finances, and your property.  As a result, there are times when the litigants will strongly disagree about the way the court […]

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Equitable Distribution and Offsets

March 27, 2019

There are many steps to take when trying to settle a divorce.  The issues range from spousal maintenance to child custody to division of marital assets.  In Minnesota, marital assets and marital debts are subject to an “equitable distribution” by the judge.  The judge will examine a specific list of factors that are set out […]

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When You Have a Lawyer But Your Spouse Doesn’t In Divorce

March 22, 2019

At the outset of any divorce, there are many important questions to answer.  Where will you reside from now on?  What type of custody order do you think will best suit your family and children?  How will you financially balance your new budget without the input from your spouse’s income?  One question that will usually […]

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Do I Have to Do Discovery?

March 13, 2019

Most people understand that the legal process has many rules and important procedural steps.  Family law is no exception to this.  Any family law case will begin with filing a petition with the court requesting specific relief, such as a divorce or a modification of a current custody order.  One step that happens in most […]

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How Do I Leave Money to My Child But Not Their Spouse?

March 7, 2019

Parents always work to protect their children, nurture them, and help them to build the best possible future.  This does not stop simply because a child grows up and starts his or her own family.  One of the main goals of estate planning for many people is to leave financial resources to their adult children.  […]

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