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Follow-Up to Minnesota Divorce Transfers to Real Property-The Summary Real Estate Disposition Judgment

Last week we discussed the importance of using the complete and exact legal description for any real property transferred in a Minnesota divorce proceeding.   In summary, the Minnesota divorce decree, the quit claim deed and the Summary Real Estate Disposition Judgment must contain the complete and exact legal description for each piece of real property […]

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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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Can I Bring a Contempt Action Against my Ex in a Minnesota Divorce? 

Minnesota divorces set out the terms  and conditions for division of assets and liabilities; the parties’ custody, parenting time and child support; who pays spousal maintenance also called alimony, if any,  among other agreements all of which require some level of performance by both parties or one party.  The terms and conditions of the parties’ […]

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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 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 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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Retirement Plans and Minnesota Divorces

Both parties to a dissolution should understand the various retirement plans and how these plans impact the division and equalization of marital property. A retirement plan is either a defined contribution plan or a defined benefit plan. Defined contribution plans include IRA , 403(b), 401(k)  and profit-sharing accounts.  These plans are for individuals and are […]

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