Minnesota child custody modification with parents in different states

Family

Out of Sight But Not Out of Mind: Minnesota child custody modification with parents or children in different states  While you might generally be thrilled to have your ex living in a different state from you, this situation does bring up potential complications about which state’s courts will have jurisdiction to determine child custody issues relating to your children.  As we discussed in a previous post, many states, including Minnesota,   have enacted a law called the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) to help alleviate the potential for bureaucratic complications to custody issues when the parents and/or …

Out Of State Custody Decisions In Minnesota

Contracts

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act With everyone being more mobile than they were 50 years ago and parents no longer necessarily living in the same area in which they grew up, families often end up in different states following a divorce.  When there are child custody issues involved in the divorce, a situation can arise where a parent has a custody decision from a court in one state that he or she wants to enforce in another state.  Or, one parent may want to commence new custody proceedings in one state, while the other parent feels the …

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)?

Minnesota divorces, property settlements, and federal law If you are in the property division stage of a divorce proceeding, you may have heard reference to a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO).  What is a QDRO, and what do you need to know about them? First off, a QDRO is a subcategory of domestic relations orders.  Great, you think, what’s a domestic relations order then?  A domestic relations order is a court judgment, decree, or order that relates to child support, alimony payments, or marital rights.  This includes court approval of a property settlement agreement. A QDRO is a domestic relations …

Can A Court Require Your Ex To Get Life Insurance After The Divorce?

Security for Minnesota spousal support awards If you have gotten divorced and been awarded spousal support (often called alimony or spousal maintenance), this is a good way of securing income to support yourself—as long as your ex is able to make the payments. What happens, however, if your ex passes away (as happy as that outcome may sound to you at times!)? The alimony payments would stop, potentially leaving you without sufficient income to live on. It’s because of this possibility that, in some circumstances, you can request the court to require that the award of spousal support be secured with a life …

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 …

How To Handle Those Mother’s and Father’s Day After the Divorce

We are now officially in Mother’s and Father’s Day season in Minnesota. Normally a time of finding dad that perfect tie or T-shirt or finding mom the new waffle iron or perfume she’s been asking about, but for quite a few more moms and dads, it is now a time of stress and conflict because of the problem with Ex’s. Over the years as a divorce Minnesota lawyer I’ve seen some great parents and not so great parents and and I’ve put together a few tips of what seems to work and doesn’t in the world of blended and divorced …