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Custody cases can seem never ending. They can be difficult and stressful for both parties. The goal of a custody agreement involves satisfying both parties and help them navigate shared custody in the future. Court proceedings can be costly, from attorney’s fees to court filing fees. A properly drafted agreement can help you avoid conflict and help you avoid having to return to court. It is important to note every custody agreement should reflect the…
When many people think of estate planning in Minnesota, most assume it is for the elderly or the rich. However, it is never too early to start preparing for the future. Estate planning has less to do with your income and age and more about how families can be prepared should something tragic happen. Estate planning includes not only after-death situations but also your wishes for your finances and health even when you are…
A Minnesota custody or divorce hearing conducted by video call may seem strange from your computer in your living room. However, it has become a regular occurrence for Minnesota courts. During the Governors Walz’ Executive Stay-at-Home Order, courts started conducting hearings via video zoom calls. Despite the order being lifted, courts still continue to utilize remote resources for most of their hearings. Remote hearing options allow for some benefits such as not having to drive…
Hiring a family law attorney in Minnesota can be stressful. Odds are you haven’t been through the family court process before. Where do you start? We recommend contacting several family lawyers and asking them about their practice and experience. But what should you ask? You don’t know what you don’t know, right? Here are 20 questions you can use as a starting point for discussion with any Minnesota family lawyer you may be considering: 1.…
For any parent, deciding on a particular school for your child can be a difficult and tedious decision. MN custody disputes add a lawyer of complexity. Parents take many things into account such as school rankings, extracurricular activities, school transportation, and the distance from home. For parents who share legal custody, the decision regarding school choice can be even more complex and conflicted if the parties do not agree.  Court will take into account numerous…
Many MN family law matters involve social media implications. We live in the age of technology. In the last ten years, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become increasingly popular. Social media has become a convenient way to stay connected with friends and family with the touch of a button. It is common for many people to post things about their lives or recent happenings. However, amidst a legal proceeding, a…
Whether amicable or contentious, divorce is a costly proposition. In addition to court costs, this process can deliver significant expenses related to housing, child support, spousal maintenance, and more. If you’re already starting to feel the impact on your wallet, consider implementing these tactics to keep costs to a minimum: Select the Right Process For Your Situation Your approach to divorce can play a huge role in its ultimate price tag. Court-based divorces tend to…
Child support and spousal maintenance can bring notable financial complications to any divorce, but this is even more true of splits involving service members. A few of the most notable concerns related to military-based support are highlighted below: Determining Earnings And Payments Military members and civilians largely pursue the same approach for determining child support and spousal maintenance. In both cases, requirements are dictated by the state in which the spouse paying support resides. The…
Child custody and parenting time arrangements vary dramatically from one couple to the next. When resolved in court, these matters largely come down to the best interests of the child. This can be frustrating for parents, who may disagree vehemently on what, exactly, constitutes a child’s best interests. In Minnesota, courts typically take the following factors into account: Parenting Ability While Minnesota courts generally maintain that it is in the best interest of most children…
The decision to divorce can be painful, but it only represents the beginning of a difficult process. Next: serving papers to your soon-to-be ex-spouse. If you don’t anticipate working together to arrive at an agreement, you will need to select the appropriate forms and notify your ex promptly. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. Preparing Necessary Forms In Minnesota, forms related to divorce reference a ‘dissolution of marriage.’ If you initiate the legal…