The Pros and Cons of Mediation in Minnesota Family Law Cases

Family law cases like divorce, child custody, and support can be complex and emotionally challenging. There are often multiple issues to be resolved, and the parties involved may have strong feelings and opinions on how those issues should be addressed. Mediation is becoming an increasingly popular method of resolving family law disputes in Minnesota. Mediation involves a neutral third party who assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. While mediation can be a helpful tool, it’s important to understand the pros and cons before deciding if it’s the right option for your case.

Pros of Mediation in Minnesota Family Law Cases
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The Legal and Financial Consequences of Minnesota Paternity Claims

In Minnesota, paternity claims are legal actions brought by individuals seeking to establish the biological father of a child. These claims can have significant legal and financial consequences for all parties involved. Minnesota paternity claims’ legal and financial consequences.

Child Support Obligations

One of the most significant legal consequences of a Minnesota paternity claim is the establishment of child support obligations. Once paternity is established, the court may order the biological father to pay child support to the custodial parent. Child support payments are typically made until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later. Failure to pay child support can result in legal consequences such as wage garnishment, license suspension, and even [...]


Can You Share a Divorce Attorney With Your Spouse in MN?

Going through a divorce can be a long, expensive, and arduous process, but it’s not always that way. In some situations, there may be agreement on all aspects of the divorce between the parties involved. That can make things a lot simpler, but many people wonder if they can make it even more simplified by using the same attorney as their spouse.

While it may seem like a clever way to save time and money, you and your spouse should not share an attorney in the divorce process. There are some good reasons why that you should educate yourself about – no matter amicable your divorce may be.

Do Divorcing Minnesotans Have to Get a Lawyer?

In Minnesota, neither party [...]


MN Custody Laws Every Parent Should Know

Child custody is rarely a straightforward issue in family court. Often, parents don’t agree on what is best for the child – and when you throw in the legal complexities, cases can easily become confusing and complicated.

Anyone who is going through a child custody case in Minnesota needs to do their homework. They must understand the issues that the court is attempting to address with child custody and what processes are used to bring about the most expedient and positive outcome.

Read on to find out the Minnesota custody laws every parent should know.

Types of Custody in Minnesota Law

There are different types of custody reflected in state law that parents need to understand. They include:

Physical Custody


Does Your Spouse Have to Agree to a MN Divorce?

Divorce is a process that is rooted in conflict. It’s rare for two parties to agree on everything during the divorce process.

In some situations, one spouse may not even want a divorce at all while the other spouse very much does. When that happens, can you still get a divorce? In other words, does your spouse have to agree to a divorce in Minnesota?

The dissolution of a marriage is complicated, but if you have found you want a divorce, but your partner does not, what are your options? Read on to find out more.

Divorce in Minnesota

In the state of Minnesota, divorce law is no-fault. That simply means that it’s not required for one party to show [...]


What If Your Ex Doesn’t Follow the Divorce Decree?

When you get a divorce, you expect your ex-spouse to follow the obligations outlined in your divorce decree. But sometimes, the person to whom you were married falls short.

If your ex doesn’t follow the specifics in your divorce decree, what can you do? Remember, these are terms set by the judge in your divorce case, so they aren’t optional or to be taken lightly.

Here’s what you need to know about what recourse you can take if your ex doesn’t follow your Minnesota divorce decree.

Divorce Decree: What Is It?

A marriage that legally ends in divorce proceedings always has a divorce decree issued by the court at the end. In this decree, the specifics hammered out in your [...]


When Do You Need a MN Child Support Modification?

When it comes to raising kids there are two certainties: It’s expensive, and it’s going to continually change.

Between the cost of food, childcare, education, extracurriculars, and housing, a lot of parents struggle to meet their children’s needs. Most parents who are going through a divorce in Minnesota have many remaining chapters of co-parenting before their children turn 18. That’s why it’s reasonable to expect that things will change from the time your divorce was settled to when  child support agreements are made.

Whatever judgment or agreement you had at the time of your divorce met your needs then, but circumstances change. You or your ex may have to modify your child support agreement over time. Here’s what you need [...]


Tips Before Seeking a Divorce

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, getting a divorce from your spouse is the only option you have. But it’s a big decision – not something you should just jump into feet first.

The truth is, there is a lot to understand about the divorce process. There’s also a lot of information, some not very accurate, floating around about divorce, which can make things more complicated to understand.

Just as with other situations in life, each divorce case is different. But in general, there are factors you should be aware of before seeking a divorce. Read on to find out what those things are.

Things to Avoid

There are some things you do not want to do, even if you know [...]


Important FAQs about Child Custody in Minnesota

When you’re going through a divorce or separation, there are a lot of things to agree on and arrange between you and your soon-to-be-former partner. One of the issues that concern many people going through this process is child custody.

Child custody laws in Minnesota are important to understand if you have kids and have to decide how to co-parent with another person. In the state, child custody is an area of law that decides how and where the child or children live and how much time they spend with both parents. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about child custody in Minnesota.

What Is the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody?

Legal and physical custody are [...]


How Does Minnesota Divide Assets in a Divorce?

Sometimes, divorce must happen. Coming to the end of your marriage can be a painful process. Not only are their emotions to handle, but the assets you and your spouse have gathered over your marriage that must now be divided – including debt.

If a divorce is on the horizon for you – or you’re thinking of getting married and want to be proactive, just in case – then it’s important to understand how Minnesota divides assets in a divorce. It’s equally as important to understand what you can do to protect yourself should you ever need a divorce. Here’s what you need to know.

Property Division: The Process

In Minnesota, you can try to come to an agreement with [...]