Child Support and Remarriage

October 21, 2019

The structure of the American family has drastically changed in the last few decades.  With increasing divorce rates, it is no surprise that remarriage has now become common.  Especially where the divorcing spouses are young, it is typical for one or both of them to move on and remarry.  When the couple had children during […]

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How Much Change is Needed to Modify Parenting Time?

October 1, 2019

At the end of any divorce involving minor children or a stand-alone custody case, the court will enter an order for parenting time and legal custody based on what is in the child’s best interest.  In the optimal situation, the order can stay in place for years.  However, as children grow, their needs often change.  […]

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How to Help Your Lawyer Effectively Prepare for Trial

September 12, 2019

Civil cases in the United States are infamous for being drawn out affairs, and family law in Minnesota is no exception to this.  Divorce cases can take months or longer, depending on how contested the issues are in your case.  The vast majority of cases are settled by mediation, but this is not always the […]

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Information Protected from Discovery

September 10, 2019

Civil cases have many required steps, such as filing the petition, service, filing a response, and properly noticing the other party of any hearings, just to name a few.  Family law is no exception to these steps and requirements.  Discovery is a step that is taken in most divorce or custody cases, especially those that […]

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Can I Get an Annulment?

September 9, 2019

The beginning of a marriage is an exciting and joyous time.  There are very few times so steeped in happiness than when two people decide to build their lives together.  Unfortunately, not all relationships last forever.  We have all read that the divorce rate in the United States is approaching half of all marriages.  While […]

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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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Adoption When Biological Parent Cannot Be Located

August 27, 2019

All law suits begin the same way – when one person files a petition with the court.  The essential next step is serving the defendant with a copy of the petition.  No law suit can proceed without properly serving the defendant.  The defendant has a right to notice of the suit and to appear and […]

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Selecting the Right Adoption Attorney

August 20, 2019

Making the decision to move forward with an adoption is an important milestone for everyone involved, including the adoptive family, the child to be adopted, and the biological parents.  It is important to make the decision to adopt at the right time is essential, as acting on the decision too early or too late can […]

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Common Mistakes in Estate Planning

August 5, 2019

Planning for the future is the goal of your estate plan.  A good estate plan can help you structure your finances, help your grandchildren attend college, and dictate who should make your medical decisions in case you are incapacitated, just to name a few issues.  An estate plan requires some important attention to detail, as […]

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Informal versus Formal Discovery

August 1, 2019

Any attorney will tell you that the key to helping a client successfully achieve his or her goals is ample preparation.  This is no less true in family law and custody cases, especially as there are many facts and nuances that are relevant to helping a client achieve his or her goals for the family.  […]

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