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Category: Family Law

Step-Parent Parental Rights – Are There Any?

With current divorce rates at 50% or more, it is no wonder that the dynamics of a family are ever changing.  Family is often no …

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Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

During the divorce process or even the custody process, there are many types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options.  The purpose of ADR is to …

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The “Gray Divorce” Phenomenon

News reports continue to discuss an upward shift in the amount of baby-boomers and long-time marriages that are ending in divorce. For those of us …

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Life Insurance: Can a Wrongfully Excluded Beneficiary Still Receive the Proceeds?

Short answer…Yes. A recent Minnesota Appellate Court case was released, although unpublished, stating that although a person may have passed away, they still have an …

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Unjust Enrichment: Are you entitled to compensation when you help your significant other build their business?

A recent case from our neighbor next door, Wisconsin, raised an interesting legal argument – can an ex-fiancé be entitled to additional compensation after a …

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Orders For Protection: Does Abuse Have to be Imminent to Have an Order For Protection Granted?

Prior to a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision, most family law attorneys would have advised a client that the standard to get an Order for …

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Spousal Maintenance Under the New Tax Code

Commencing January 1, 2019, there will be a major change in how family law attorneys discuss spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance has always been a hot …

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Homestead – What Does Hold Harmless Mean?

In many dissolution cases, it often needs to be decided who, if anyone, wants the marital homestead and if someone does, what happens to the …

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Delegation of Powers: When and How to Use Them

There are times in life when you need some temporary help in supporting, caring and raising your children. These are life instances that do not …

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Your Spouse’s Ex – Friend or Foe?

In this day and age, it is quite common that your spouse has an ex-wife, ex-husband or ex-partner that will impact your life. There are …

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