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Can Parents Really “Kidnap” Their Own Child?

Divorce and custody can be difficult, emotionally fraught proceedings. In some cases, a parent may intentionally keep their child from the other parent. This is colloquially known as “parental kidnapping,” and it can have serious consequences. What is parental kidnapping? Minnesota state law makes depriving another of their custodial or parental rights a felony, punishable Read More

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How to Deal with False Accusations During Divorce

Even amicable divorces can be stressful and difficult. When your spouse is angry, bitter and vengeful, however, it can make the process even harder. Some exes respond to divorce stress by leveling false accusations at their soon-to-be ex during litigation or mediation. What can you do if you’re falsely accused of abuse, concealing assets or Read More

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How to Protect Your Parental Rights When Preparing for Divorce

When parents divorce, they generally both retain parental rights absent extenuating circumstances. However, some parents fear their ex will challenge them in court and want to make sure that their parental rights are preserved. The best way to protect your parental rights is to work with an experienced divorce and child custody attorney—but in the Read More

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What to Do When Co-Parenting Doesn’t Work

When parents divorce, their children must learn to cope with their new routines, living situations and other types of upheaval. Many parents are able to set aside their personal differences in order to put the children’s needs first. Others may start off co-parenting, but the relationship deteriorates when a new spouse comes into the picture. Read More

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Child Support and Presumptions of Employment

Calculating whether a parent must pay child support and how much depends on a number of factors. What happens when one parent is purposely unemployed or underemployed to avoid paying support? How child support is normally calculated Generally, child support is calculated by the combined gross income of both parents, then allocated based on their Read More

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Should You Change Your Name During Divorce?

Many people who changed their name when they got married consider changing it back after a divorce. Because names are an incredibly personal, foundational part of our identity, the question of whether to change back can be difficult. Factors to consider These name change considerations are common among divorcing people: Professional and social recognition: When Read More

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Do You Need a Prenup?

Congratulations, you’ve decided to get married! Do you need a prenup? Many clients wonder if they need a prenuptial agreement to protect themselves before they get married. As always, the answer is that it depends on your individual circumstances. When should you get a prenup? Here are some situations where a prenuptial agreement just makes Read More

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How to Get an Uncontested Divorce

Many people have the impression that divorce is always fraught with pain and drama. However, some couples are able to amicably separate and move on with their lives. Could an uncontested divorce be right for you? What is an uncontested divorce? Your dissolution of marriage can be granted if you and your spouse agree on how Read More

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Protecting Parental Rights in Same-Sex Couples

The law has generally not caught up to same-sex couples and protecting their rights. What happens if you’re in a same-sex marriage and want to have children together? How can you ensure that you and your spouse have the same rights over the kids that a straight couple might have? If you’re thinking about having children Read More

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Is Annulment an Option?

If you haven’t been married a long time, you might wonder whether annulment is an option. Annulment is a way to declare a marriage legally null and void, as if it had never happened—you won’t have to divide property or litigate other issues. Here are the instances in which an annulment could be granted in Minnesota: Read More

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