Categorized: Marriage

The Bezos Divorce: A Lesson Learned

Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Finances, Marriage, Mediation.

Following a 25-year marriage, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos divorced earlier this year. As the Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff is the richest man in the world. The divorce settlement gave MacKenzie $35.7 billion worth of shares in Amazon, making her the world’s 4th richest woman. According to MacKenzie’s Twitter post: “Grateful to have finished… Read more »

Game of Thrones and Prohibited Marriages in Minnesota

Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Game of Thrones, Life, Marriage.

If you watch the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” you know that incest is a thing. Brother and sister Jamie and Cersei Lannister conceived multiple children. There are other incestuous relationships as well. After a recent plot twist, Daenerys Targaryen is now Jon Snow’s aunt, but that did not seem to discourage the relationship…. Read more »

Enough is Enough; When it’s Time to Revisit Spousal Maintenance

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Marriage, Spousal Maintenance.

The Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court’s decision to reject a husband’s request to modify his maintenance obligation to his ex-wife. It was error, the Court said, to assume that a 57-year-old laborer with a degenerative spinal condition was healthy enough to continue working up to 90 hours a week and earn $150,000… 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 »

Prenuptial Agreements – Not Always Enforceable

Posted on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Divorce, Lawyer, Marriage, Minnesota, Prenuptial Agreement.

If you’re reading this blog, it’s probably because you’re related to me and doing it out of obligation (thanks, Mom). Or, it might be because you’re looking for information about prenuptial agreements. Either way, thanks for reading! This one is about a prenuptial agreement that the Minnesota Supreme Court recently determined was not enforceable because… Read more »

To File or Not to File?

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Marriage, Minnesota.

In Minnesota, a divorce case commences when the Petitioner serves the Summons and Petition for Marital Dissolution (and usually some other documents, too) upon the Respondent. The law requires that these documents be “personally” served (and not by the Petitioner). In other words, the documents are physically handed to the Respondent, usually by a private… Read more »

Who Claims The Kids? The Riddle of Claiming Tax Dependency Exemption

Posted on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Children, Divorce, Finances, Marriage, Minnesota, Taxes.

If you’re a parent, and you’ve filed taxes, you’re probably aware that the US tax code permits a taxpayer to claim an exemption for each of his or her dependents. 26 U.S.C. § 151. And, if you are a divorced or separated parent, you may know that if you who had the kids living with… Read more »

Financial Infidelity

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Finances, Marriage.

KARE-11 recently did a series on what they called “financial infidelity.” We linked one of the pieces to our Facebook page. By financial infidelity, KARE-11 is referring to situations where one spouse spends significant money behind the other spouse’s back. As a divorce lawyer, I see this all the time, so I thought I’d weigh… Read more »