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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 »

MINNESOTA CHILD CUSTODY LAW & LESSON FROM MICHAEL BOLTON

Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Divorce, Michael Bolton.

It’s one thing to warm up to the idea of your child being forced to spend time with your ex; but being forced to encourage your child to spend time with your ex, and to enjoy it, well, that’s wading into uncharted waters. But Minnesota law forces courts to analyze a parent’s ability to encourage… Read more »

Physical Discipline or Domestic Abuse?

Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 by Tim Simonson 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 »