Posts By Tim Simonson

Physical Discipline or Domestic Abuse?

Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 and is filed under Domestic Abuse, Minnesota.

I hope this is not a distinction we need to spend a lot of time worrying about; either way someone’s getting hit, and unless we’re talking about contact sports or self-preservation, physical violence is generally not a productive way for humans to communicate. When it comes to parenting, Minnesota Courts have allowed for some leeway… Read more »

PURSUING ‘DE FACTO’ CUSTODY IN MINNESOTA: A CASE ANALYSIS

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 and is filed under Child Custody, Divorce.

Pursuing custody a child who isn’t yours, seems like a tall order; but when you consider the facts of a recent Minnesota case that was upheld on appeal, it’s apparent that the law exists to protect a child’s need to be nurtured and supported. In a recent Minnesota case, a child born to unmarried parents… Read more »

Tim Simonson appointed to Chair of the Second Districts Ethics Committee

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019 and is filed under Courts, Tim Simonson.

Tim has been a volunteer investigator with the 2nd District (Ramsey County) Ethics Committee since 2014. The 2nd District Ethics Committee investigates complaints against lawyers. The role of the Committee is to investigate and report to the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) which is an agency established by the Minnesota Supreme Court, to… Read more »

ENFORCING SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE AND CHILD SUPPORT FROM ANOTHER STATE

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 and is filed under Courts, Divorce, Minnesota, Spousal Maintenance.

Minnesota courts recognize that not all Minnesota divorced residents became divorced by a Minnesota court.  Many people who move to this State, became divorced by the courts of another State, and, are bound by the terms of that State court’s Order.   So how does this affect somebody who needs help enforcing their out-of-state Order? Do they… Read more »

Watch Tim Simonson Speak To Kare 11 News About Privacy Rights in Divorce Matters

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 and is filed under Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Lawyer, Minnesota.

Recently, the divorce file of a high profile public servant, Representative Keith Ellison, brought to attention the issue of divorce files in family court.  The question raised was whether a divorce file was accessible to the public.  The reason it came to the media’s attention, is that in Representative Ellison’s divorce, he and his former… Read more »

A Lesson from Child Support Court: “Pull No Punches”

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 and is filed under Child Support, Finances, Minnesota.

Minnesota Child Support Law mandates that child support is determined primarily by the parents’ incomes. Because income is so important to a court when figuring out a child support obligation, some parents have tried being “less than candid” when reporting income to the court.  The intent of this strategy, not surprisingly, is to end up… Read more »

THE NEW CHILD SUPPORT LAW; FROM “CLIFFS” TO “BUCKETS”

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 and is filed under Child Support, Divorce, Minnesota, Parents.

Beginning August 1st, a change to the Minnesota child support law takes effect which should come to the relief of many parents who are paying too much child support under the current child support guidelines. The problem that many of these parents were facing resulted from some flaws under the former ‘Parenting Expense Adjustment’, Minn…. Read more »