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The Rules of Living Separately vs. Divorce

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Life, Rules.

Quite often when a divorce starts, husband and wife are still living together. Other times, though, they may have been living separately for many months. And, whether or not a married couple has been living apart or together can often impact their expectations when a divorce does start. If a married couple has physically separated,… Read more »

Even a ‘Slight Adjustment’ to a Parenting Time Schedule Requires a Parent to Meet a Burden of Proof

Posted on Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Children, Courts, Divorce.

In Minnesota, the law says at section 518.175 that a parenting time schedule may be modified if it serves the best interests of the child and doesn’t change the child’s primary residence; this means that changes can be made to a parenting time schedule even without a trial or any proof that the other parent… Read more »

Minnesota Adoption Laws; Timing is Everything.

Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Adoption, Minnesota, Parents.

Minnesota allows a child to be placed for adoption without the consent of the natural father, unless that father acts fast in getting a legal action started. A sad illustration of this point came to light recently in Lyon County, where a mother placed her child for adoption and as required by law, notified the… Read more »

Just what is an Irretrievable Breakdown?

Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2019 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

A local politician was in the news recently because she filed for divorce. In breaking the news, one of the headlines read “In a petition filed in Hennepin County, [politician] cites “irretrievable breakdown’ of her marriage…” as if these words provided insight to the reasons for the divorce. In reality, every divorce petition filed in… Read more »

The Bezos Divorce: A Lesson Learned

Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 by Marc Beyer 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 by Marc Beyer 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 by Marc Beyer 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 »

Lessons in child support from Lord of the Dance

Lessons in Child Support from Lord of the Dance

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Support, Divorce.

The internationally-acclaimed step dance production, Lord of the Dance, pushed boundaries in ways unimagined before Michael Flatley and his brilliantly-choreographed stories brought to life through step-dance; catapulting step-dance shows to broader appeal, from theaters to stadiums and arenas and beyond.  I posit that our Supreme Court proved itself Michael Flatley’s equal (in jurist terms) when… Read more »

Game of Thrones and Prohibited Marriages in Minnesota

Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 by Marc Beyer 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 »