Custody Evaluation Basics

June 18, 2018

Custody is often the most hotly contested issue in any divorce.  Parents just want what is best for their children, and in some cases, they cannot come to an agreement on what that is.  There are several ways that a parent may prove their case to a judge on what he or she believes is […]

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Establishing Paternity

June 14, 2018

The birth of a child is an exciting and happy time.  Expanding and bringing more love and joy into a family is a wonderful thing.  In some cases, however, there may be some legal complications after the baby arrives.  There may even be some doubt as to who is the father of the child.  In […]

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Same Sex Divorce

June 5, 2018

Every family is unique, and every divorce and family law case is unique.  Historically, family law issues for same-sex couples have had additional complications.  In August 2013, Minnesota started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  The ability to get married has alleviated some of the problems that otherwise would arise when a same-sex couple would […]

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Dangers of DIY Family Law

June 1, 2018

Family law disputes are obviously very uniquely personal in nature compared to other types of litigation.  Issues in divorce can delve into the issues of debt, future financial security, child custody, and support.  As many people also know, divorce and custody litigation can take months or longer to complete, which also can mean that the […]

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Preparing for Your Temporary Hearing

May 31, 2018

In any divorce, there are many different documents that need to be filed, and strategic actions that may be taken to ensure your rights and responsibilities are adequately protected and understood. One option in a divorce case is a motion for temporary relief. At a temporary hearing, the court can make decisions about financial and custody […]

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Blended Family Estate Planning

May 9, 2018

Divorce and remarriage are common occurrences in our society.  As a result, there are many “blended families” in the United States, and Minnesota is no exception.  Anyone in a blended family can tell you that while starting a new family and a new life is exciting, blended families come with their own set of special […]

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Can I Get an Annulment?

April 26, 2018

Annulment is a concept about which a lot of misinformation is widely shared in both public opinion, popular culture, and the media.  Many people seem to believe that, for example, a failure to consummate a marriage makes the parties eligible for an annulment.  Many also believe that a marriage of short duration can be annulled […]

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Written Discovery Basics

April 16, 2018

Although divorce, custody, and other family law cases deal with the most personal details of the lives of the parties involved, they arise as a part of a lawsuit and are subject to the same rules as other court cases.  As with other proceedings, the parties have the right to obtain information about and from […]

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Simplifying Your Divorce

March 23, 2018

Any type of court case is not easy, and divorce is no exception. Divorces can last months or in some rare cases, years. Parties to a divorce must spend time dividing property and debt, or creating a custody and parenting time plan for their children. Spousal maintenance, child support, pension divisions and a myriad of […]

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Past Crimes and Custody – What Matters and What Doesn’t

March 20, 2018

At the end of any divorce or custody case, a judge will make a determination regarding custody and parenting time. This decision will be based on what is in the child’s best interest. A just must consider the factors set forth in Minnesota Statute § 518.17 when making this determination. These factors focus on ensuring […]

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