Categorized: Divorce

When Couples Split – Who Gets the Dog?

Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Life, Pets.

A court case from the State of Maine recently made the news. A young, unmarried couple broke up. They did not have any children or joint property. On the surface, then, there did not appear to be much to dispute in Court. Except that they had a dog – Honey – and they could not… Read more »

Lessons in Child Support from Lord of the Dance

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Support, Divorce.

The internationally-acclaimed step dance production, Lord of the Dance, pushed boundaries in ways unimagined before Michael Flatley and his brilliantly-choreographed stories brought to life through step-dance; catapulting step-dance shows to broader appeal, from theaters to stadiums and arenas and beyond.  I posit that our Supreme Court proved itself Michael Flatley’s equal (in jurist terms) when… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »