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Unmarried Parents and Custody / Parenting Time

Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Custody, Divorce.

I previously blogged about Orders for Protection and divorce.  My basic point was that when police advise people to “Get an OFP,” it’s usually because all they really want is a Court Order that they can enforce if called to the scene again.  That is, NOT necessarily because the underlying facts truly warrant an OFP,… Read more »

Tim Simonson Receives Tubman’s Family Law Volunteer Attorney of the Year

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Announcements, Awards, Minnesota.

Tim was selected by Tubman Family Crisis and Support Services as their Family Law Volunteer Attorney of the Year for 2016. This award is presented by Tubman to an attorney providing outstanding legal services to its clients in Family Court, and Domestic Abuse Court matters. Tubman is Minnesota’s largest provider of domestic violence services, helping… Read more »

What do I do if my lawyer screwed up?

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce.

I hope this isn’t something you have to spend time thinking about, but, have you ever wondered what happens to lawyers when they do something wrong? Have you ever wondered what to do if you believe your lawyer has done something wrong (or failed to do do something right) in working with you?  What do… Read more »

Temperament and Public Service

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

If you’ve listened to recent discussion about the presidential election, you may have heard the issue of ‘temperament’ come up.  One of the candidates  recently questioned the other’s ‘temperamant’ and whether this made that candidate “unsuitable” to hold the office of Commander-in-Chief. That raises a question of whether it’s important or fair for us to… Read more »

Right of First Refusal: Good or Bad?

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

It is not uncommon to see a “right of first refusal” clause in the custody and parenting time provisions of a divorce decree.  It simply means that if a parent is not available to be with the children for a period of time during their regular parenting time, then the other parent is given the… Read more »

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 »