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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Questions to Ask Before Choosing Your Family Law Attorney

January 16, 2019

Preparing for your divorce can be a challenging time.  Not only will you be dealing with the emotional stress that accompanies the end of your relationship, but also with the logistics of separating, finding a new place to live, gathering important documents, and crafting a new visitation schedule are just a few tasks you will […]

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Dividing a Pension

December 6, 2018

During a divorce, the spouses will have to split their assets and debts that were accumulated through the years.  Minnesota is an equitable distribution state, which means that the marital assets and debts will be equitably distributed.  The court will examine a list of factors in deciding who will receive how much of each asset.  […]

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Fighting Step-Parent Adoption

December 4, 2018

Divorce and separation is difficult for everyone, including the children.  Adjusting to a new family situation can be challenging for children, as they typically thrive on stability and regularity.  It is common for one or both parents to re-marry following a divorce, and that can help re-establish some of the structure for children.  In the […]

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How to Stop Dissipation of Assets

November 28, 2018

Property division is often a central issue of dispute in divorce.  When two people have labored together for years or even decades to build wealth and a secure financial future, there can be a lot of property to divide during the divorce.  Minnesota is what is called an “equitable distribution” state.  This means that marital […]

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Minnesota and Emancipation

November 27, 2018

Family dynamics can be complicated.  As your children grow, what used to be a simple relationship between a parent and a young child can change drastically as the child becomes more independent and may have very differing views.  While in most families, this is just a rite of passage and typically the families will work […]

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Why Do I Have to Pay Child Support?

October 4, 2018

The end of a marriage or committed relationship is never easy.  After you have spent so much time devoting your care and attention to one person and building that relationship, separating your finances and your lives can be difficult.  This is even more so when you share a child with the other person.  Child custody […]

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