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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 »

Mediation and Hiring a Lawyer: Not Mutually Exclusive

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Early Neutral Evaluation, ENE, ICMC, Initial Case Management Conference, Lawyer, Mediation, Process.

Many people think that you have two basic options when you start a divorce: You can hire a mediator and try to settle your divorce amicably with your spouse in mediation, or you can hire lawyers and go to Court on a contested basis. In other words, people associate lawyers with contested litigation and assume… Read more »

Tim Simonson appointed to Chair of the Second Districts Ethics Committee

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Courts, Tim Simonson.

Tim has been a volunteer investigator with the 2nd District (Ramsey County) Ethics Committee since 2014. The 2nd District Ethics Committee investigates complaints against lawyers. The role of the Committee is to investigate and report to the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) which is an agency established by the Minnesota Supreme Court, to… Read more »

Beyer & Simonson Receives 2018 Best of Edina Award in the ‘Best Divorce Lawyer’ Category

Posted on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 by Beyer & Simonson and is filed under Awards, Edina.

Each year, the Edina Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Edina area a great place to… Read more »

The Significance of Sole Physical Custody (or lack thereof)

Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Custody, Divorce, Divorce Decree, Parents.

In any Divorce Decree with minor children, there will be a designation of physical custody. Either Mom or Dad will be granted “sole physical custody” or both parties will be awarded “joint physical custody.” But what does this mean? Not as much as you might think. The words “sole” and “joint” are really just that… Read more »

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 »