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 »

Divorce and Your Job

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Cost, Divorce, Life.

Divorce lawyers see it all the time. One (or both) of the parties to a divorce has had a steadily increasing income in the years prior to the divorce. Access to money isn’t an issue. All is good, or so it seems, at least from a financial perspective. Then, just as the divorce is starting,… Read more »

Family Court Lessons to Be Learned from “Making A Murderer”

Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce.

As I write this blog, the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” is all the rage. I, too, got sucked in, and watched all ten episodes. It is a fascinating, true-life story. It is also very eye-opening in how it sheds light on the fact that maybe not everything is as the legal system perceives it… Read more »

Guess What? The Judge Doesn’t Love Your Kids

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

Before I was a practicing attorney, I clerked for a District Court Judge. He presided over many divorce cases. Whenever a contested custody case was before him, he had a speech that he gave to the parties. It went something like this: “I don’t love your children. (Dramatic pause). I will never love your children…. Read more »