What Does A Divorce Lawyer Do For You?

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What does a Divorce lawyer really do for you? I had an interesting conversation a few weeks ago with a good friend  who didn’t understand why people need divorce lawyers, he thought the whole system was pretty self-explanatory, you fill out some form and presto-chango you’re divorced.  He questioned how a couple people in suites, who don’ t know either party, could help during a divorce.  It’s a fair question I guess and since I’ve been blogging here for about 4 years and there are a few blog post that I notice  are the most read even after being a …

New vs. Old Divorce Lawyers

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Does The Age Of My Divorce Lawyer Matter? So, you ‘re calling around trying to find the right divorce lawyer. Do you go with the brand new lawyer who is dirt cheap? The Mid-Career lawyer? or the old seasoned veteran who everyone knows and is expensive? Well, it depends on your case (and the lawyer) In my opinion and it is just that, my opinion, I’ve put together which clients should hire which lawyers: New Lawyer:  (less than 5 years Experience) A new lawyer can be the next Clarence Darrow or he or she can be the next lawyer disbarred, …

Holidy Custody Battles

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Keeping the Peace: Holiday Custody Battles 101 A child custody proceeding can be a lengthy affair even when the parties involved are relatively amicable towards each other.  When they’re not so amicable, “lengthy” can quickly extend to a “War and Peace” level.  And it’s not just the official legal proceedings that can drag on and on; once the court orders are made, there’s still the process of getting both you and your ex to go along with the new custody and visitation routine that has been decided on. This routine often goes in for an extra layer of contention around …

Child support claims against sperm donors?

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Can a sperm donor be forced to pay child support? In a story that made national news, the state of Kansas is seeking to have a sperm donor declared to be the father of a child and to be made financially responsible for the child.  The donation had been made to a lesbian couple’s request on Craigslist for sperm.  Crucially, the man donated a container of sperm directly to the women rather than through a doctor or clinic.  Although both the couple and the man signed an agreement stating that the man would not be liable for child support, this …

Making Custody Arrangements Work at a Special Time of Year

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Note: Dear Reader, your author has been in a nearly 2 week long family law trial that has taken a great deal of time prepping for.  I thought I posted this prior to Christmas, but it turns out I did not.  So, instead of being a month late, I like to think I am 11 months early! Home for the Holidays Many divorced parents can attest to the headache and hassle that can accompany a visitation schedule involving frequent shuttling of the kids  back and forth between the parents’ homes.  In the holiday season, these difficulties can be amplified by a hectic flurry of …

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 …

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 …

How to Fight Your DUI

How to Fight Your DUI ( A little off topic) When a person is arrested for DUI, it is important to know what the prosecution can prove. A dui attorney is critical for this determination. The police report may contain information that will allow your lawyer to challenge whether or not the stop was legal. You were probably given what are known as field sobriety tests, or tests to determine how well in control of yourself you were at the time of the stop. There are a wide variety of these tests, and in most cases the individual officer may choose …

Expungment of Criminal Records In Minnesota (a little off our normal topic)

Everyone makes mistakes.  Some of those mistakes are more serious than others.  And some of those mistakes may even result in criminal convictions.  But once you’ve moved past the mistakes, they don’t necessarily have to be a negative part of your background forever.  With today’s internet and computer databases it’s almost too easy for potential employers and landlords to see any mistakes you’ve made in the past. Minnesota law provides for the expungement of criminal records in some circumstances.  The term “expungement” refers to the sealing, destruction, or return of the records.  It depends on the exact situation which type …