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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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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 Unwed Father’s Legal Rights- Establishing Yourself as Dad

Minnesota grants sole custody of children born outside of marriage to mothers.  Dads have to establish their parental rights. Signing a recognition of parentage does not convey any parental rights;  having your name on the birth certificate or having the child assume your surname doesn’t grant you any parental rights; living together or having a […]

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Appointing a Parenting Consultant in Minnesota – A Sort of Referee for Parents Who Need a Whistle Now and Then

A parenting consultant is sort of like a referee.  When parents seem unable to resolve disputes there is an option to appoint a parenting consultant ( PC).  The PC acts in the capacity of a decision maker on issues that parents cannot or will not agree upon.  Unlike the parenting time expeditor, however, who may have similar […]

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Holidays and Co-Parenting the Kids-Smooth Moves for Minnesota Divorced Parents

Co-parenting around the holidays can take a turn for the worse in some families.  Holidays seem to generate a level of discord that is unmatched for some parents.   A well-thought out parenting plan and parenting schedule can ameliorate some of the possible issues. When you think about a holiday parenting plan and schedule it helps to […]

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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 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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CHILD CUSTODY AND PARENTING TIME IN MINNESOTA

Children are entitled to a relationship with both parents.  Children love both parents. In any family dispute, think about the children; keep the children playing instead of bringing them into disagreements between the parents.   With the foregoing in mind, you may find it useful to review Minnesota’s mandatory parenting time statute. A parent’s right to an ongoing relationship […]

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MN Governor Dayton Declines to Sign Joint Custody Bill

Governor Dayton did not sign the MN joint custody bill yesterday. The bill would have created a presumption of 35% parenting time share for parents of minor children. Dayton indicated that experts should provide more information on how this bill would impact parents and children before it would be considered.

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