It’s Just Discovery

Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Discovery, Divorce, Process.

A very common and routine part of any court case – including divorces – is what we call discovery.  After the case is started, both sides have the opportunity to serve discovery requests on the other party.  In divorce cases, the requests can be either “formal” or “informal.”  In contrast to Interrogatories and Request for… Read more »

The Price of Freedom

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process, Spousal Maintenance.

During the divorce negotiation process, it is easy to become entrenched in a certain position.  Say, for example, that your spouse is seeking spousal maintenance.  You make a greater income than your spouse, but you believe that your spouse nevertheless earns a sufficient income that they can and should be self-supporting.  It’s not a clear… Read more »

Credibility is King

Posted on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 by Beyer & Simonson and is filed under Divorce.

When a divorce case goes to a trial, one of the more basic functions of the Court is to make “findings of fact.” Both parties will testify, and there is often testimony from third parties as well. The Court will listen to this testimony, and then include a “Findings of Fact” section at the beginning… Read more »

Dividing Military Benefits in a Divorce – When State & Federal Law Conflicts

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Marriage, Military.

It’s not often that the United State Supreme Court makes a decision that affects how divorces are handled in Minnesota Family Courts. But, when it comes to a veteran’s retirement and disability benefits, the Supreme Court has not held back in putting the state courts in their place. The United States Constitution provides that Federal… Read more »

Olympic Trials Curling Field Expanded Thanks to Beyer & Simonson!

Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Curling.

Marc Beyer’s personal and professional lives crossed paths recently when he represented a competitive men’s curling team that had been denied a spot in the upcoming Olympic Trials.  Marc’s client – Team Birr – finished in second place at the U.S. Nationals this past year. They also had an impressive record on the World Curling… Read more »


Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Children, Minnesota, Paternity, Prince.

When I think of Prince’s legacy, his immeasurable contributions to the arts and culture, I can’t say that promoting understanding of domestic relations law has a place that legacy.  But the late Prince Rogers Nelson recently surprised me his abilities.  The impact of this man’s extraordinarily talent extends even to domestic relations law, as I… Read more »


Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Divorce.

Moving to another state and leaving our Minnesota winters behind can be an exciting change, but, if your move includes your child that you share with a parent you’re not married to, please be careful before making the move. If you choose to move your child without the consent of the other parent and without… Read more »


Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Alimony, Cost, Spousal Maintenance.

Unlike child support, spousal maintenance or ‘alimony’ as it is sometimes called, is a way of helping a lesser-earning spouse meet his needs after a marriage ends, but is not intended to contribute to the health and welfare of minor children.  And unlike child support, spousal maintenance is not calculated based on a pre-determined formula…. Read more »