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Minnesota Divorce and Changing Your Name

     Many parties incorporate a name change within a Minnesota divorce.   Once the divorce is final, then you must follow-through and give notice of your name change.  Do it as soon as the divorce is final because it is easy to forget.  Print this blog out as a checklist for changing your name following a […]

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Minnesota Custody Evaluations Should be the Last Resort for Minnesota Divorcing Parents

When Minnesota parents who have joint children cannot agree upon custody, parenting time, or a parenting plan, then usually a custody evaluation is necessary. A custody evaluator is appointed by the Court or by agreement of the parties.   Custody evaluations  are the Court’s way of having a third-party do the necessary investigation and make a recommendation in […]

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Minnesota Divorce and Allocating Debt Between the Spouses

  Minnesota Courts have discretion to divide  marital debt in any way as long as the division has what the law calls a basis in fact and in legal principle. Debt incurred during a marriage is included as marital liability  in a Minnesota divorce just as property acquired during the marriage is counted as an asset in a Minnesota divorce. […]

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Family Lawyer and “Small Town Lawyer” Benefits for Clients

I read an article the other day from the American Bar Association that says that just over 50% of the lawyers in the U.S. are practitioners. I like the sound of that statistic. Solos have the freedom to take on the cases that are closest to their hearts without the constrictions of accountability for billable […]

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Living Together? A Domestic Partnership is a Must Have -Part Deux.

Last week I highlighted some of the legal issues impacting non-married couples who live together and then break-up.   One of the most daunting tasks upon a break-up is how to equitably divide real property that may have been purchased together or for which both parties contributed money or labor. Remember that Minnesota marital divorce laws […]

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Living Together? A Domestic Partnership Agreement is a Must Have.

More folks are living together and putting off marriage.  They buy homes together; combine debt; co-sign on student loans; have children; and file taxes together.  They combine incomes and often times one partner may stay at  home taking care of all the day-to-day business of living while the other partner works.  What does this relationship […]

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Minnesota Parental Delegation- A Useful Form for Parents and Temporary Caregivers

Parents who need temporary caregivers for the children can make use of a Minnesota parental delegation form,  which is sometimes called a Minnesota delegation of parental authority or Minnesota delegation of parental powers.  The law authorizing the delegation is Minnesota  Statute 524.5-211. A parental delegation grants parental powers over the children to a non-parent on a temporary basis.  A parental delegation does not […]

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Have Car Will Travel-Changing the Title to the Car After the Divorce

How do you change the title to the car that is awarded to you in your divorce?  It’s actually pretty simple.  If the title is in your name alone, then do nothing.  If the car is titled in the other party’s name or in both names, then you must transfer the title to your name alone.  Transferring the title from […]

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Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage and Minnesota Family Law

 Marriage is gender neutral in Minnesota as of August 1, 2013.  There is little doubt that Minnesota Statutes applicable to family law matters  will impact same-sex marriages. There are primary issues in any divorce that include:  division of martial assets and debts; spousal maintenance; custody and parenting time issues; and, child support. Assets accumulated before marriage are non-marital.  Assets accumulated […]

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