Categorized: Divorce

Divorce Consultations: More than Meets the Eye

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process.

As part of my job, I regularly provide consultations to prospective clients. It is an opportunity for us to meet each other, for me to hear about their current circumstances, provide some advice, and ultimately, for the prospective client to decide whether or not they want to hire me. In many cases, the prospective client… Read more »

Divorce and Your Job

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Cost, Divorce, Life.

Divorce lawyers see it all the time. One (or both) of the parties to a divorce has had a steadily increasing income in the years prior to the divorce. Access to money isn’t an issue. All is good, or so it seems, at least from a financial perspective. Then, just as the divorce is starting,… Read more »

Family Court Lessons to Be Learned from “Making A Murderer”

Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce.

As I write this blog, the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” is all the rage. I, too, got sucked in, and watched all ten episodes. It is a fascinating, true-life story. It is also very eye-opening in how it sheds light on the fact that maybe not everything is as the legal system perceives it… Read more »

Guess What? The Judge Doesn’t Love Your Kids

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

Before I was a practicing attorney, I clerked for a District Court Judge. He presided over many divorce cases. Whenever a contested custody case was before him, he had a speech that he gave to the parties. It went something like this: “I don’t love your children. (Dramatic pause). I will never love your children…. Read more »

Divorce Takes Time: Have Reasonable Expectations

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process.

If you’ve never been divorced before, you probably don’t know what to expect during the divorce process.  Even if you have been divorced before, you still probably don’t know.  You are understandably caught up in the emotion and the stress that accompanies divorce.  That clouds your judgment and understanding.  Plus, you don’t know how long… Read more »

Custody Cases: Be Careful What You Say

Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Custody, Divorce, Process.

Child Custody Cases Minneapolis Contested custody cases can be nasty. A lot of dirty laundry gets aired. In many ways, “winning” your custody case feels like convincing the Court that you are the better parent. That can mean not only explaining how great you are, but also how terrible your spouse is. Both sides do… Read more »

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

In Minnesota contested divorce cases, it is not uncommon that one spouse is more “interested” in getting divorced that the other spouse. But, as I routinely tell clients, it takes two to get married but only one to get divorced. So, if you have been served with a divorce petition, whether you like it or… Read more »

Behaving Yourself in Family Court; Someone is Watching

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

Perception is reality; and that lesson can sometimes be a hard one to be reminded of, especially when that lesson can affect the outcome of an Order for Protection. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an opinion on whether a District Court Judge committed error by considering ‘courtroom demeanor’ of a father who contested… Read more »

When Smart People Do Stupid Things

Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Process.

Most of my clients are very smart people. They have advanced degrees, earn a good income, and are very good at what they do. But that doesn’t mean that they know what to do – or how to behave – in the divorce process. I often tell clients that part of my job is to… Read more »

Communication Is Key

Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Life.

A common question I get at the beginning of a divorce case is “How much is this going to cost?” My answer is almost always, “It depends. The more contested your case, the longer the case will go on, the more of my time is required, the more expensive it will be. Conversely, the more… Read more »