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Modifying Spousal Maintenance Orders

Issues such as child custody, child support and spousal maintenance are resolved in a divorce proceeding. However, the court understands that as you and your ex move on with your life, some of these issues may need to be revisited. Spousal maintenance is typically awarded when a marriage has lasted a sufficient duration, when there Read More

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When Your Ex Fails to Pay Spousal Maintenance

In some cases, even after a court orders spousal maintenance, the paying spouse fails or refuses to pay. In the event that you find yourself in such a situation, what are your options? First of all, it is important to understand that since spousal maintenance is court-ordered, a failure to pay is a direct violation Read More

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in Minnesota — But Are Your Rights Protected?

In August 2013, Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage. This law followed on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013 that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA barred the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages allowed in many states, meaning legally married couples were denied the Read More

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Making the Right Impression at Your Family Court Hearing

You may be entering a courtroom for the first time at your divorce hearing. Understandably, the experience can be intimidating if you do not know what to expect. These courtroom appearance tips from the Minnesota Judicial Branch can help you make the right impression on the judge and approach your case with confidence: Do not Read More

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Afraid in Your Own Home: Domestic Abuse in Minnesota

Most victims of domestic violence suffer in silence. Afraid to stand up, afraid to walk away, some victims refuse to believe they are being abused. Deaths from domestic violence are increasing in Minnesota. If you are being abused, getting help is critical. In Minnesota last year, 14 women and one man were killed by intimate Read More

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Living Together Without Getting Married

In today’s world, more and more couples make the choice to cohabitate without getting married. This is a common scenario for not only opposite sex couples, but also for same sex couples. Living together can offer many of the benefits of marriage such as companionship, financial and emotional support, and children. This unique living arrangement Read More

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Considerations About Adoption

Acting as a foster parent or adopting a child is a big decision. The legal maneuverings required to adopt a child are many and complex. Information about adoption of a child through the State can be found at the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network. This agency is not a child placement agency, but helps give support Read More

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Helping Families Grow Together

Although most calls or visits to a family law attorney surround issues of separation or divorce, or matters of child custody, support and visitation, it is also important to work hard to keep families together and to grow. Helping build happy families today grows trust and confidence and creates happy tomorrows. Our specialized knowledge and Read More

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Paternity Issues

Whether you are trying to establish paternity or deny paternity, you need legal assistance to effectively protect you. The issue of paternity often rears its head in conjunction with issues of child support. Because the financial well-being of a child is at stake, the courts take great care to determine paternity issues fairly and accurately. Read More

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Visitation by Grandparents

To young children, grandparents are great — they give them candy and let them stay up past their bedtime, take them fishing or do other fun activities with them, and provide care in the absence of parents. When parties divorce or separate, the grandparents still want to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives and have Read More

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