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Myths About Common Law Marriage in Minnesota

Common law marriage—when a couple lives together and holds themselves out as married for a certain period of time, without entering into a formal, legal marriage—is not recognized in most states. However, many people still believe that common law marriage exists in Minnesota. Here’s what you should know about this unusual form of marriage. Minnesota Read More

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Understanding Supervised Visitation

Custody proceedings can be contentious and emotional, especially when one spouse’s fitness as a parent is called into question. Minnesota courts typically advocate for “the best interest of the child” in custody determinations. There is a rebuttable presumption that maintaining relationships with both parents is in the child’s best interest. However, sometimes a parent is Read More

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Dividing the Family Home When Only One Spouse is On the Deed

For most Americans, home ownership is their biggest investment. When you divorce, deciding what to do with the family home can be tough—especially if only one spouse’s name is on the title. Many people believe that if their spouse’s name isn’t on the deed or title, they’re not entitled to a share of that asset, Read More

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Do You Have an Advantage by Filing for Divorce First?

Filing for divorce is a big step. If you’re considering it, you probably have an idea of what you’d like to get out of the process, ranging from specific assets to a desired custody schedule. Does that mean that you need to file first to preserve an advantage? Many people believe that the person who Read More

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When Do Courts Allow Children to Weigh in on Custody?

When you end your relationship with your child’s other parent, child custody can be a major point of contention. Courts tend to look at “the best interest of the child” when determining a custody and visitation schedule. Of course, kids often have preferences regarding their living situation. One common custody myth is that at a Read More

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Divorce on the Horizon? What to Do Before Filing

If you find yourself at the point where divorce seems inevitable and your marriage is irretrievably broken, consider taking certain measures to prepare yourself for the process. Here are some important steps to consider before filing for divorce: Consult an attorney: Seek the guidance of a divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., who Read More

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Establishing Paternity for Child Support and Custody Purposes

Establishing parentage, also known as paternity, is the legal process of creating a recognized relationship between a child and their parent when no legal relationship previously existed. It is an important step in determining child support obligations and custody rights. In Minnesota, there are different ways to establish parentage depending on the circumstances. Mother’s marital Read More

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When Will a Court Terminate Parental Rights?

Termination of parental rights is a legal process in which a person’s rights as a parent are permanently taken away. This means they are no longer considered the child’s legal parent, losing the right to visit or communicate with the child and the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. In some cases, the Read More

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Divorcing an Abusive Spouse

Domestic violence affects many individuals and families. In cases of divorce involving domestic violence, it is crucial to understand the legal processes and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all parties involved, particularly children. A trusted attorney can help you navigate this difficult process. Domestic violence hearings Typically, divorces involving domestic Read More

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What Is a Postnuptial Agreement?

Marriage is a legal and financial commitment. While many couples choose to sign a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot, some may find themselves wanting to establish financial arrangements after they’re already married. Postnuptial agreements, explained A postnuptial agreement, also known as a “post-marital agreement” or “postnup,” is a contract created by spouses after entering Read More

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