What do I do if my lawyer screwed up?

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce.

I hope this isn’t something you have to spend time thinking about, but, have you ever wondered what happens to lawyers when they do something wrong? Have you ever wondered what to do if you believe your lawyer has done something wrong (or failed to do do something right) in working with you?  What do… Read more »

Temperament and Public Service

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

If you’ve listened to recent discussion about the presidential election, you may have heard the issue of ‘temperament’ come up.  One of the candidates  recently questioned the other’s ‘temperamant’ and whether this made that candidate “unsuitable” to hold the office of Commander-in-Chief. That raises a question of whether it’s important or fair for us to… Read more »

Right of First Refusal: Good or Bad?

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Custody, Divorce.

It is not uncommon to see a “right of first refusal” clause in the custody and parenting time provisions of a divorce decree.  It simply means that if a parent is not available to be with the children for a period of time during their regular parenting time, then the other parent is given the… Read more »

Getting a Domestic Abuse Order for Protection in Minnesota – What Do I Need To Prove?

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Minnesota.

I hope this is a question you will never face, but, leaving an abusive partner or family member is not an simple decision, let alone following through with that decision. There are a myriad of variables that go into a such decision, some of which lean toward staying, and some toward leaving. These can include:… Read more »

Minnesota Cohabitation and Spousal Maintenance: The Law Has Changed

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Minnesota.

The law has long been that unless agreed otherwise in a divorce decree, if a spousal maintenance recipient remarries, the remarriage terminates the spousal maintenance award.  The rationale, based largely upon traditional gender stereotypes, goes something like this:  If an ex-wife remarries, she now has a new husband to support her, and she no longer… Read more »

Can I Afford To Be Divorced in Minnesota?

Posted on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Cost, Divorce, Minnesota.

What will I do if I can’t rely on my spouse’s earnings to meet my living expenses? Good question; and one that any spouse who relies on the earnings of his or her spouse should think about when contemplating a divorce. WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY ABOUT SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE? Minnesota law allows a family court… Read more »

Hire Your Family Law Lawyer Now

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce.

When I am hired by a client, it is usually before the divorce process has even started.  The potential client knows that divorce is a reality, and they consult with me to learn more about the process.  Sometimes they hire me at the initial consultation.  Other times, they wait a while before they start the… Read more »

How to Talk to Your Minneapolis Divorce Lawyer

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce.

If you hire me to represent you in your divorce, it is important for you to understand what I am, and what I am not.  I went to law school.  I am trained in the law.  I am not a therapist.  That is not to say that I am not sensitive to the emotionally trying… Read more »

Tell Your Story

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process.

With a busy Edina family law practice, I have many clients.  And while I feel like I have a pretty good memory, it’s not perfect.  I may have to ask you a question that you have already answered.  If this happens to you, don’t be offended.  It is easy for one client’s set of facts… Read more »

Divorce Consultations: More than Meets the Eye

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process.

As part of my job, I regularly provide consultations to prospective clients. It is an opportunity for us to meet each other, for me to hear about their current circumstances, provide some advice, and ultimately, for the prospective client to decide whether or not they want to hire me. In many cases, the prospective client… Read more »