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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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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