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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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Minnesota’s Divorce Laws Are Safer for Domestic Abuse Victims

Time magazine recently published an article about divorce waiting periods in the United States: seven states require couples to live in separate households before filing for divorce, and 35 states also require a “cooling-off” period where couples must wait a specified period before their divorce can be finalized. The separation periods range from six months to Read More

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How to Divorce When You Can’t Locate Your Spouse

Courts require petitioners to serve divorce papers on their spouse after filing. What happens if you want to get a divorce, but your spouse has disappeared? Are you doomed to stay married to them forever? Fortunately, Minnesota courts allow petitioners to file a motion to serve by “alternate means.” Your attorney can help you file Read More

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When Will Your Child Support Obligations End?

Parents are legally obligated to financially support their minor child, with very limited exceptions. Most parents assume that once the child turns 18, their support obligations will end. In truth, a parent’s support obligations may continue past age 18, or end earlier. Here’s what to expect. Minnesota child support laws In Minnesota, the age of Read More

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What Does “Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage” Really Mean?

Divorces rarely play out like we see on TV and in movies. Although infidelity, abandonment and related issues may seem relevant to the wronged party, chances are that your family court judge won’t take them into account when divvying up assets and ruling on custody and support. Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. Either party Read More

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Sole Custody and Parenting Plans: Do You Need One?

When you break up with the parent of your minor children, you might make a parenting plan with your ex to handle certain custody and parenting issues. Do you still need to make a parenting plan if you’re granted sole custody? While Minnesota doesn’t require a parenting plan (although they may make one on your Read More

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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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