Posts By Marc Beyer

The Bezos Divorce: A Lesson Learned

Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 and is filed under Divorce, Finances, Marriage, Mediation.

Following a 25-year marriage, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos divorced earlier this year. As the Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff is the richest man in the world. The divorce settlement gave MacKenzie $35.7 billion worth of shares in Amazon, making her the world’s 4th richest woman. According to MacKenzie’s Twitter post: “Grateful to have finished… Read more »

Are Lottery Winnings Split with an Ex-Spouse?

Posted on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 and is filed under Divorce, Finances, Life, Minnesota.

A man from Michigan made the news recently when he was ordered to share his $80 million lottery jackpot with his ex-wife. That’s what all the headlines said anyway. But the headlines were misleading. The man filed for divorce in 2011 (when the parties physically separated), won the jackpot in 2013, but the divorce wasn’t… Read more »

When Couples Split – Who Gets the Dog?

Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 and is filed under Divorce, Life, Pets.

A court case from the State of Maine recently made the news. A young, unmarried couple broke up. They did not have any children or joint property. On the surface, then, there did not appear to be much to dispute in Court. Except that they had a dog – Honey – and they could not… Read more »

Game of Thrones and Prohibited Marriages in Minnesota

Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 and is filed under Game of Thrones, Life, Marriage.

If you watch the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” you know that incest is a thing. Brother and sister Jamie and Cersei Lannister conceived multiple children. There are other incestuous relationships as well. After a recent plot twist, Daenerys Targaryen is now Jon Snow’s aunt, but that did not seem to discourage the relationship…. Read more »

KEVIN GARNETT AND CHILD SUPPORT

Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Divorce, Minnesota.

Whenever a celebrity gets a divorce, the media likes to focus on the dollar amounts as a way to sensationalize the story.  When Tiger Woods divorced, for example, the headlines told of the millions of dollars he had to pay his wife as a property settlement.  It gets everyone’s attention. What gets lost in the… Read more »

Mediation and Hiring a Lawyer: Not Mutually Exclusive

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 and is filed under Early Neutral Evaluation, ENE, ICMC, Initial Case Management Conference, Lawyer, Mediation, Process.

Many people think that you have two basic options when you start a divorce: You can hire a mediator and try to settle your divorce amicably with your spouse in mediation, or you can hire lawyers and go to Court on a contested basis. In other words, people associate lawyers with contested litigation and assume… Read more »

The Significance of Sole Physical Custody (or lack thereof)

Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 and is filed under Child Custody, Divorce, Divorce Decree, Parents.

In any Divorce Decree with minor children, there will be a designation of physical custody. Either Mom or Dad will be granted “sole physical custody” or both parties will be awarded “joint physical custody.” But what does this mean? Not as much as you might think. The words “sole” and “joint” are really just that… Read more »

The Judge Knows All – Or Do They?

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 and is filed under Courts, Divorce.

Every Judge was first a lawyer.  In many cases, they are former litigators (meaning they regularly appeared in Court) although not always.  But even as litigators, they probably focused their practice on a particular area of law, as most lawyers do.  As with doctors and medicine, lawyers cannot specialize in every area of law. When… Read more »

Custody Modification: What do you have to Prove?

Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Divorce, Parents.

In contested child custody cases, the Court determines the issue of custody and parenting time based upon what is in the “best interests of the child.” This is not an arbitrary determination. Rather, the Court determines a child’s best interests by applying the 12 best interest factors from the statute to the facts of the… Read more »