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Divorce Takes Time: Have Reasonable Expectations

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process.

If you’ve never been divorced before, you probably don’t know what to expect during the divorce process.  Even if you have been divorced before, you still probably don’t know.  You are understandably caught up in the emotion and the stress that accompanies divorce.  That clouds your judgment and understanding.  Plus, you don’t know how long… Read more »

Custody Cases: Be Careful What You Say

Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Custody, Divorce, Process.

Child Custody Cases Minneapolis Contested custody cases can be nasty. A lot of dirty laundry gets aired. In many ways, “winning” your custody case feels like convincing the Court that you are the better parent. That can mean not only explaining how great you are, but also how terrible your spouse is. Both sides do… Read more »

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

In Minnesota contested divorce cases, it is not uncommon that one spouse is more “interested” in getting divorced that the other spouse. But, as I routinely tell clients, it takes two to get married but only one to get divorced. So, if you have been served with a divorce petition, whether you like it or… Read more »

Facebook and Family Law in Minnesota

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Minnesota.

Facebook is everywhere. More people are on Facebook than not. People of all ages and from all backgrounds have an account. It’s free, so all you need is Internet access. And while some people are more active on Facebook than others, everyone has the ability to open an account and see what’s out there. Wisely,… Read more »

Antenuptial Agreements in Minnesota: Some Observations

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Minnesota, Process.

Whenever I am asked to draft an Antenuptial Agreement (also known as Prenuptial Agreements, or simply Prenups), I like to ask the client why they want one, or why they think they need one. The most common answer is that they want to protect their premarital assets in the event of a divorce. This is… Read more »

Orders for Protection and Divorce: Proceed Cautiously

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Process.

Living in the same house as your spouse while divorce proceedings are also ongoing is stressful.  Ideally, the parties could live separately and negotiate temporary issues related to parenting time and financial support until the divorce is final.  That’s not always possible, though.  For better or worse, sometimes you are just stuck in the same… Read more »

Behaving Yourself in Family Court; Someone is Watching

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

Perception is reality; and that lesson can sometimes be a hard one to be reminded of, especially when that lesson can affect the outcome of an Order for Protection. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an opinion on whether a District Court Judge committed error by considering ‘courtroom demeanor’ of a father who contested… Read more »

When Smart People Do Stupid Things

Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process.

Most of my clients are very smart people. They have advanced degrees, earn a good income, and are very good at what they do. But that doesn’t mean that they know what to do – or how to behave – in the divorce process. I often tell clients that part of my job is to… Read more »

Communication Is Key

Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Life.

A common question I get at the beginning of a divorce case is “How much is this going to cost?” My answer is almost always, “It depends. The more contested your case, the longer the case will go on, the more of my time is required, the more expensive it will be. Conversely, the more… Read more »

Don’t Take Positions Based on “Principle”

Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce.

All too often in divorce cases, parties take positions based upon principle. This is not a good idea. It makes cases difficult to settle, and results in unnecessary acrimony, not to mention cost. What do I mean by this? What I mean is, determine a reasonable and realistic settlement, and focus on that. Don’t take… Read more »