Categorized: Courts

Paternity; Still a Matter of Biology

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Children, Courts, Minnesota, Parents.

In Minnesota, the legal relationship between a child and parent is recognized because there are rights awarded and obligations imposed by that relationship. The State has an interest in not having children abandoned, and having parents able to raise their children. To serve that interest, the State created the ‘parentage act’, (Minn. Stat. § 257.54)… Read more »

Even a ‘Slight Adjustment’ to a Parenting Time Schedule Requires a Parent to Meet a Burden of Proof

Posted on Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Children, Courts, Divorce.

In Minnesota, the law says at section 518.175 that a parenting time schedule may be modified if it serves the best interests of the child and doesn’t change the child’s primary residence; this means that changes can be made to a parenting time schedule even without a trial or any proof that the other parent… 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 »

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 »

The Judge Knows All – Or Do They?

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Courts, Divorce.

Every Judge was first a lawyer.  In many cases, they are former litigators (meaning they regularly appeared in Court) although not always.  But even as litigators, they probably focused their practice on a particular area of law, as most lawyers do.  As with doctors and medicine, lawyers cannot specialize in every area of law. When… Read more »