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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 »

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

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by Tim Simonson 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 »

Custody Modification: What do you have to Prove?

Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Marc Beyer 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 »

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

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 by Tim Simonson 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 »

Why Aren’t Pre-nups Always Enforced?

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota, Pre-nup.

Minnesota law allows couples, before marriage, to enter in to a contract promising to leave each other’s stuff alone in the event of a divorce. This contact, dubbed an ‘anternuptial agreement’ by lawmakers is more commonly known as a ‘pre-nup’. The idea behind a pre-nup or antenuptial agreement is to protect what was ours before… Read more »

Get it Right the First Time: Hire a Lawyer

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Lawyer, Life, Process.

For many people, saving money whenever possible is human nature. No one wants to spend more money on something than necessary. A penny saved is a penny earned, right? Take mowing the lawn, for example. I could pay a lawn mowing service to mow my lawn every week, or I can save money and do… Read more »