Dirty Tricks and How to Avoid Them

After seeing this happen too many times, I have been inspired to make an addition to a popular past article posting “Dirty Tricks and How to Avoid Them.” Specifically, I discuss the practice some parents have of scheduling children’s activities over the other parent’s parenting time.

Parenting Time in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases

For those of us dealing with parenting time schedules every day, there is a certain short-hand which becomes part of our vocabulary. To help those who are not familiar with the most common parenting time schedules to better understand and visualize them, I have just included an important addition to my article on parenting time in Minnesota divorce and custody cases, complete with tables, so that the reader will have a better grasp of some of the most typical arrangements that are available. The article is titled: “Parenting Time in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases.

Name Changes in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases

In response to a request question, I was inspired this morning to write an article on the topic of name changes in Minnesota divorce and child custody cases. This article addresses both name changes for adult parties in divorce, as well as the issues involved in changing the names of minor children. The article is titled: “Name Changes in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases.

Recording of Phone Calls Between Parties and Children

Today I have update my FAQ about the recording of telephone conversations between parties, to include a section discussing the recording of telephone conversations between the other parent and the children: See “Recording of Telephone Calls Between Parties and Children in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases.

Corporal Punishment of Children

The question often arises in Minnesota divorce and custody cases, whether and to what extent spanking and other physical punishment is permissible. Today’s FAQ addresses the legalities as well as important strategic considerations on this topic: “Can I Beat the Kids?

Child Support Duration and Termination

Today’s posting answers the fairly common question people have about when their child support obligation ends, and whether or not they need to take any kind of legal action to terminate child support once their child emancipates. For the answer to this questions, with citations to legal authority, see my new FAQ: “When Does My Minnesota Child Support Obligation End?

Tax Issues is Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases

Just in time for the tax deadline, I have finished drafting a new article which addresses some of the income tax considerations involved in Minnesota divorce and child custody cases, titled “Tax Issues in Minnesota Divorce.” (Now I need to get back to finishing my own taxes. Ugh.)

Non-Marital Claims to Upside Down Houses in Minnesota Divorce Cases

Again today I was asked about non-marital interests in an upside down mortgage or “negative equity” situation. I answer this question today in a new FAQ posting: “Do I Get Credit for a Non-Marital Interest in an Upside Down House in a Minnesota Divorce?

Appeals in Minnesota Divorce and Other Family Law Cases

Today I published a new article discussing appeals of Minnesota divorce and other Minnesota family law cases, which includes discussion of the standards of review and other important considerations for the layperson considering an appeal, such as timing and prerequisite motions which should be considered:
“Appeals of Minnesota Divorce and Other Family Law Cases”

Custody Evaluations in Minnesota Divorce & Custody Cases

Today I published a new article addressing custody evaluations in Minnesota. Among other things, the article addresses the components of a thorough evaluation, and provides some guidance on how to make a good impression on the evaluator, and considerations on how best to involve your attorney in this important process. The article is available here on my website under the title “Custody Evaluations in Minnesota.”

Child Support in Minnesota Divorce & Custody Cases

Today’s entry addresses the ever-popular topic of child support. My new article sets forth in a concise manner the fundamental factors at play in determining child support under the Minnesota Child Support Guidelines, and also addresses the grounds for modification. A link to an excellent child support calculator is included. Click here to read the full article: “Child Support in Minnesota.”

Adultery in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases

My article posting today addresses the issue of adultery, and the ways it is and is not relevant to divorce and child custody cases. It is a must-read before daring to raise or respond to an adultery issue. The article is available here on my website: “Adultery in Minnesota Divorce.”

Marriage Annulments in Minnesota

Today’s posting announces my publication of an article on the topic of legal annulments of marriage in Minnesota. Although uncommon, the question does arise from time to time, with enough frequency that I wanted to address it in a formal article, which is available here on my website: “Marriage Annulments in Minnesota.”

Modification of Physical Custody in Minnesota Divorce & Custody Cases

The question of modification of physical custody arises with some frequency, and is the subject of an article which I am posting today on my website here: “Modification of Physical Custody in Minnesota.” The article addresses the grounds for modification of custody -- both the legal standards and the practical considerations for bringing a motion to modify.

Temporary Custody in Minnesota Divorce & Custody Cases

The importance of temporary custody in divorce and child custody cases cannot be understated. For that reason I have authored an article on the subject, available here: “Temporary Custody in Minnesota.” This article explains why temporary custody is important, and how to best go about making one’s case for temporary custody.

Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection Relating to Minnesota Divorce & Child Custody Cases

Domestic Abuse Order-for-Protection cases frequently go hand-in-hand with a marriage dissolution case, about half of the time legitimately. Today’s blog entry announces publication of a detailed article I have written on the subject, available here: “Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection in Minnesota Divorce and Child Custody Cases.” This article explains the legal grounds for an OFP, but focuses mainly on the intersection between Minnesota divorce and child custody cases, and domestic abuse cases, discussing how the OFP impacts one’s divorce and custody case, and providing tactical considerations for persons involved in such cases.

Financial Early Neutral Evaluations in Minnesota Divorce Cases

The Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (or FENE), is explained in an article I published today on my web site: “Financial Early Neutral Evaluations in Minnesota Divorce.” This article explains in a nutshell what the FENE is, and how to best choose your evaluator.

Social Early Neutral Evaluations in Minnesota Divorce & Custody Cases

The Social Early Neutral Evaluation, or “SENE”, has become a routine part of the settlement of contested custody cases in counties which have adopted the program, as have Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Most contested custody and parenting time cases will be settled through this program. For that reason, I’ve published an article on the subject here: “Social Early Neutral Evaluations in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases.” Besides describing how the program works, important tactical considerations are discussed.

Grandparent Visitation in Minnesota

Contrary to what is often assumed, there are many situations where grandparents can obtain court-ordered visitation rights on a regular, recurring schedule. In an article on my website I address the circumstances under which this may be awarded: “Grandparent Visitation in Minnesota.”

Harassment Restraining Orders in Minnesota

In cases where your spouse or ex-spouse -- or anyone else for that matter -- is harassing you with repeated phone calls, emails, or other harassing conduct, and you want a court order for no-contact, but don’t qualify for an Order for Protection, the Harassment Restraining Order is for you. I’ve written an article on this subject and posted it here: “Harassment Restraining Orders in Minnesota.”