What If You Can’t Afford A Divorce (Lawyer)?

With the economy down lately it’s fairly common I get a several calls during a week from people seeking a divorce, but they say they can’t afford it and just want a few tips. I have to say I always chuckle and think what other profession can you call up and hope to get a few tips, for free? I normally chat for 15 minutes or so and consider it part of my pro bono duty for the week. But, it does lead into a more serious question and that is, what can a person possibly hope to learn in …

Mediation & Divorce

In Minnesota the rules for family law require you to at least contemplate mediation prior to filing motions and going to court. The new rules now (Rule 303) requires that you certify your efforts to the court, that your lawyer and your spouses lawyer have conferred (either in person or by the phone) to talk about mediation efforts. This blog post is going to discuss the benefits and costs associated with mediation and other ADR requirements. BENEFITS costs of divorce We often say that when parties go to trial there are only two winners, the two lawyers involved. And this …

Annulments In Minnesota? Sometimes!

There is some confusion regarding what an annulment is in Minnesota Divorce cases. First let’s be clear what an annulment is not. An Annulment has nothing to do with the church. That pesky 1st amendment and separation of church and state make us a little different from our cousins in England.  Their is no ability for a MN court to interfere with a church marriage.  To get an annulment in the catholic church you need to go through your parish priest who helps you obtain a church advocate (a person familiar with Canon or church law).  A Divorce Lawyer can’t …

Divorce vs. Legal Separation In Minnesota

This is such a common question I thought I would start out the blog by answering it! My standard quip is as a divorce lawyer I love legal separations because we get to do the same case twice (and charge accordingly!). In my opinion there are very limited times when a person should seek a legal separation instead of a divorce in Minnesota, here they are: 1. New to the state. In order to get divorced in Minnesota you must have lived in Minnesota for at least 180 days before filing for divorce. There is no such requirement to do …