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Check List for Dos and Don’ts for Minnesota Divorcing Parties With Custody Issues-It’s All About the Children

This is a repost of what I think are good tips for working with the other parent during a Minnesota divorce or a Minnesota custody matter. Actually, these are good tips for all parents that may live apart.  THE LIST OF DOS 1. Do be civil and polite to your spouse especially in front of […]

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Can I Change My Will During a Minnesota Divorce?

This is a repost from a popular topic- Can you change your will and estate plan during a Minnesota divorce so your soon-to-be ex doesn’t inherit? Most divorcing parties do not want their soon-to-be ex-spouse inheriting.  You should consider some measure of estate planning issues early on in a divorce proceeding.  Minnesota Uniform Probate Code […]

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A Minnesota Divorce Flow Chart Will Help You Visualize How a Case Moves Along.

A Minnesota divorce case, like other Minnesota family law cases, moves through the system in a manner that is sometimes confusing to pro se litigants or even to parties who have attorneys.   Visualizing the process is helpful. Think of a divorce or other family law case like a train moving from station to station.  There […]

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Can I Claim the Federal Tax Dependency Exemption in Minnesota? Separated, Non-Married or Divorced Parents in Minnesota and the Tax Dependency Exemptions for Children

Minnesota now has a new law that outlines the analysis of which parent will be allocated the dependent exemption for the children of Minnesota parents.  Courts will look to this statute in the event parents cannot agree on who should get the exemptions.  Federal tax rules are implicated as well, but Minnesota has always reserved the […]

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How Do You Terminate a Minnesota Delegation of Parental Rights?

This is a follow-up to a popular blog post that instructed folks how to fill out and complete a Minnesota Delegation of Parental Rights per Minn. Stat. Sec. 524.5-211 Signing a delegation of parental rights does not — I repeat does not– convey any custodial rights on the party that you are delegating your rights to […]

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How Do You Prepare for a Minnesota Divorce Settlement Meeting?

    If you have a divorce attorney, then you may rely upon your attorney to prepare you and to acquire all the information that you need.  If you mediate your Minnesota divorce by yourself, however, then get organized I. Create and organize a binder with all the documents and written information that you need. Have all […]

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How to Fill Out a Minnesota Parental Delegation Form.

The Minnesota parental delegation form is available to all parents who need to temporarily delegate the care of children to another trusted adult.  The form is simple, but care should be taken to complete it with full names and properly witnessed signatures. The Minnesota parental delegation does not grant custody.  The delegation appoints someone to […]

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How Do Minnesota Parents Split the Tax Dependent Exemptions in a Minnesota Divorce?

The process of mediation doesn’t have to be confined to the big picture in a divorce or after a divorce.   Parties can attempt to resolve any dispute through mediation.   The who, why and how of sharing the tax dependency exemptions and related tax benefits for the children is a subject well suited for a family […]

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Minnesota Child Custody and a Minnesota Court’s Authority to Order Supervised Parenting Time

The Court has the authority to implement supervised parenting time when the Court finds, after a hearing ” . . . that parenting time with a parent is likely to endanger the child’s physical or emotional health or impair the child’s emotional development, the court shall restrict parenting time with that parent as to time, place, duration, […]

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Fee Waivers for Minnesota Divorce Parties- The Outline

Minnesota has some of the highest court filing fees of any state and the fees keep increasing.  Minnesota, however, has a procedure set out in Minn. Stat. Section 563.01 that allows a party with low income to have fees waived or paid for by the State. The Process and Initial Request. A  party must submit a […]

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