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Mediation and Hiring a Lawyer: Not Mutually Exclusive

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Marc Beyer 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 »

Tim Simonson appointed to Chair of the Second Districts Ethics Committee

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019 by Tim Simonson 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 »

Beyer & Simonson Receives 2018 Best of Edina Award in the ‘Best Divorce Lawyer’ Category

Posted on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 by Beyer & Simonson and is filed under Awards, Edina.

Each year, the Edina Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Edina area a great place to… Read more »

The Significance of Sole Physical Custody (or lack thereof)

Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by Marc Beyer 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 »

ENFORCING SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE AND CHILD SUPPORT FROM ANOTHER STATE

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 by Tim Simonson 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 by Tim Simonson 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 »

The Judge Knows All – Or Do They?

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 by Marc Beyer 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 »

DETERMINING CHILD CUSTODY IN MINNESOTA COURTS WHERE IS HOME?

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Minnesota.

If you want a court to help you figure what right(s) you might have to raise your child, you want to be sure you’re asking the right court, and in particular, the court of the proper state.  Usually that’s an easy question to answer.  Typically (and hopefully) it’s not hard to figure out what State… Read more »