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How to Apply for a Harassment Restraining Order in Minnesota

Under Minnesota law, harassment includes incidents of assault, stalking, intrusive or unwanted acts, targeted residential picketing or other patterns of harassing behavior. A person who has been the victim of harassment has the right to apply for a harassment restraining order. Here’s how the process works: Fill out forms: You’ll need to fill out the Read More

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How to Divide IRAs in a Divorce

When you get a divorce, your retirement plans and accounts are treated like most of your other assets. Part will be yours alone and part you must share with your spouse. The amount of money your spouse gets depends primarily on when you started contributing to your individual retirement account (IRA). Fortunately, the process of Read More

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Back to School: Co-parenting Tips as the New School Year Begins

Now that your children are heading back to school, it’s time for you to get back into your parenting routine as well. This might require some adjustments if you are a divorced parent sharing custody of a child. Below are some tips you should keep in mind as you go through the school year: School Read More

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Factors a Court Will Consider in Allowing Child Relocation

Sometime after your divorce, you may wish to move away from Minnesota. However, if you are in custody of your children, you might find this to be legally challenging, especially if the other parent objects to the move. And, if you’re the noncustodial parent, you might lose a lot of parenting time. To that end, Read More

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Using a Quitclaim Deed in a Divorce

One common point of contention during a divorce case is each partner’s responsibility for paying debts such as a mortgage. In some circumstances, the couple might simply choose the best option is to sell off the house and pocket the profits so that they don’t have to worry about untangling the asset. In other cases, Read More

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Tips for Splitting Home Value During a Divorce

Whenever a couple gets divorced, the two spouses must decide how they will split their assets. The value of the home is part of this — whether one person will remain in the family home or you will choose to sell, both of you will have some stake in the home if it was purchased Read More

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Tips for Discussing a Cohabitation Agreement with Your Partner

If you plan to move in with a partner to whom you are not married, you might consider drafting a cohabitation agreement. This agreement acts similarly to a prenuptial agreement in that it protects your assets and defines certain responsibilities in the relationship, mostly with regard to how expenditures will be shared. As with a Read More

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In Which Cases Will a Court Terminate Parental Rights Without the Parent’s Consent?

In some cases, a court will order an involuntary termination of parental rights. The grounds this type of involuntary termination must include specific circumstances in which a child cannot safely go home because of an imminent risk of harm. While each state has its own specific grounds for these types of circumstances, some of the Read More

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What to Do if You’re a Victim of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is unfortunately all too common — and many cases go unreported. If you are married to an abusive spouse, there are several steps you can take to get out of the relationship and protect yourself and your children: Keep it quiet: First and foremost, never alert your abuser about your plans to leave Read More

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Recognizing the Signs of an Abusive Relationship

In some situations, it can take time for victims of domestic abuse to realize that they are in an abusive relationship. This is especially true when the abuse isn’t physical. Cuts and bruises are clear symptoms of abuse, but the mental and emotional scarring is not always as easy to notice and confront. With this Read More

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