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Missed Parenting Time: Who’s to Blame?

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Life, Parents.

My law partner Tim recently blogged about missed parenting time. See “Stop Messing With My Parenting Time! What Happens When Parenting Time is Lost Because a Parent Isn’t Following the Schedule?“. From the fact pattern discussed in his blog, it was clear that one parent was consciously limiting the other parent’s time with the children…. Read more »

STOP MESSING WITH MY PARENTING TIME! WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PARENTING TIME IS LOST BECAUSE A PARENT ISN’T FOLLOWING THE SCHEDULE?

Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Children, Divorce, Parents.

What happens when time with your children is being interfered with by the other parent? What if “activities”, “homework”, “sleepovers with friends”, or “illnesses”, become common themes of why your child isn’t able to spend time with you any more? It could be that the other parent is trying to deny you parenting time and… Read more »

Paying Off Your Spouse’s Premarital Debt

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Debt, Divorce, Finances.

Let’s say that when you get married, your spouse has $10,000 in credit card debt. You have some savings built up, so when you get married, you decide to use some of your premarital savings and pay off the debt. This lessens your spouse’s debt load, and of course helps with the budget. The minimum… Read more »

Changes Coming to Child Support in Minnesota

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Support, Divorce, Minnesota, Parents.

A variety of factors go into calculating child support. The law considers the income of both parents, the number of children, and each parent’s parenting time percentage, among other factors. The data is inputted into the child support calculator found on the Department of Human Services website, and the presumptive child support obligation is then… Read more »

LIFE INSURANCE TO SECURE SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE OR CHILD SUPPORT; DON’T TAKE IT LIGHTLY

Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Finances, Life, Life Insurance.

Recently the Court of Appeals was asked by a surviving ex-wife to award life insurance proceeds to herself and children, which her ex-husband, before he died, elected go to his fiancé instead. When husband and wife were divorced, husband agreed to have life insurance in place to cover his maintenance and child support obligations. After… Read more »

Enough is Enough; When it’s Time to Revisit Spousal Maintenance

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Marriage, Spousal Maintenance.

The Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court’s decision to reject a husband’s request to modify his maintenance obligation to his ex-wife. It was error, the Court said, to assume that a 57-year-old laborer with a degenerative spinal condition was healthy enough to continue working up to 90 hours a week and earn $150,000… Read more »

Restricting Parenting Time; When Can A Child Choose?

Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Children, Communication, Minnesota, Parents.

Courts have been asked to consider a child’s preference in deciding whether to allow parenting time. Recently, a district court’s decision to restrict parenting time was appealed after a child refused consecutive parenting time sessions with the father. Although there was no evidence was found that the custodial parent had influenced the child’s decision to… Read more »

Palimony in Minnesota

Posted on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Minnesota, Palimony, Spousal Maintenance.

NBA star Blake Griffin made the news recently. And not because he was traded to the Detroit Pistons. No, he was sued by his ex-fiancé for what is often referred to as “palimony.” It’s the same concept as alimony (spousal maintenance in Minnesota), except that the parties aren’t married. Hence “palimony” and not “alimony.” You… Read more »