Categorized: Minnesota

Minnesota Adoption Laws; Timing is Everything.

Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Adoption, Minnesota, Parents.

Minnesota allows a child to be placed for adoption without the consent of the natural father, unless that father acts fast in getting a legal action started. A sad illustration of this point came to light recently in Lyon County, where a mother placed her child for adoption and as required by law, notified the… Read more »

Just what is an Irretrievable Breakdown?

Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2019 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Minnesota.

A local politician was in the news recently because she filed for divorce. In breaking the news, one of the headlines read “In a petition filed in Hennepin County, [politician] cites “irretrievable breakdown’ of her marriage…” as if these words provided insight to the reasons for the divorce. In reality, every divorce petition filed in… Read more »

Are Lottery Winnings Split with an Ex-Spouse?

Posted on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Divorce, Finances, Life, Minnesota.

A man from Michigan made the news recently when he was ordered to share his $80 million lottery jackpot with his ex-wife. That’s what all the headlines said anyway. But the headlines were misleading. The man filed for divorce in 2011 (when the parties physically separated), won the jackpot in 2013, but the divorce wasn’t… Read more »

Physical Discipline or Domestic Abuse?

Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Domestic Abuse, Minnesota.

I hope this is not a distinction we need to spend a lot of time worrying about; either way someone’s getting hit, and unless we’re talking about contact sports or self-preservation, physical violence is generally not a productive way for humans to communicate. When it comes to parenting, Minnesota Courts have allowed for some leeway… 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 »

DETERMINING CHILD CUSTODY IN MINNESOTA COURTS WHERE IS HOME?

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Minnesota.

If you want a court to help you figure what right(s) you might have to raise your child, you want to be sure you’re asking the right court, and in particular, the court of the proper state.  Usually that’s an easy question to answer.  Typically (and hopefully) it’s not hard to figure out what State… Read more »

A Lesson from Child Support Court: “Pull No Punches”

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Support, Finances, Minnesota.

Minnesota Child Support Law mandates that child support is determined primarily by the parents’ incomes. Because income is so important to a court when figuring out a child support obligation, some parents have tried being “less than candid” when reporting income to the court.  The intent of this strategy, not surprisingly, is to end up… Read more »