Question: Does Physical Abuse Matter When Determining Custody?

YouTube So… does abuse really matter when it comes to determining custody in the state of Minnesota? The short answer is yes, it does, however, the type of abuse also matters and I prompt that statement with the question: “What is it?” There have been a multitude of times when people will say that they are “mentally abused” or “emotionally abused” by their significant other, which is very very sad, but it is also not something the law provides for. I do not say this to dismiss the significance, or the pain oftentimes associated with such households, but rather to […]

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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, […]

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I was recently asked do I REALLY need a lawyer if I’m getting divorced? Well, the legal answer is no you are not legally required to have a divorce attorney represent you in court for your Minnesota divorce. However, in my 12 years’ experience as a divorce lawyer I will tell you the people who should not at the very least, hire an attorney a document review, are very limited. Here are the people who don’t need to hire a divorce lawyer: You don’t have children with your spouse. You don’t own real estate or a home. The marriage is […]

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Recently, I was at a dinner party and I was asked about how a fairly high profile divorce (where I represent the wife) was going. I responded with a basic “Well, it’s pretty nasty.” A vague but true answer since there had been several temporary relief hearings (which are public in Minnesota) as well as close to 200 pages of pleadings that had been filed in the case and are public. The person listening to the conversation was shocked, his eyes got big and he said “How can you tell me that? It’s attorney client privilege!?” It wasn’t – I don’t […]

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Mine, Yours, or Ours?  Dividing Property | If a Minnesota court is dividing up your and your ex-spouse’s property in a divorce, some of that property will be considered marital and some of it will be considered non- marital.  What’s the difference between these two, and what does that mean for you? Marital property You know from the growth in contents of your shed, attic, storage rental and junk room that you and your spouse have bought plenty of things during your marriage.  This is marital property.  And marital property doesn’t just mean tangible things like a car, a boat, or […]

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How To Choose A Good MN Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Lawyer | Have you ever the heard the phrase, “You get what you pay for”?  We are sure that you have.  Everyone wants a good deal, but what constitutes a good deal when it comes to finding a good Minnesota divorce lawyer? Not all divorce lawyers are created equal.  If you are about to dissolve years of  your marriage, you may be tempted to look for the most inexpensive divorce attorney you can find.  You may find a local attorney on Craigslist.com who is advertising a $500 flat fee for a divorce in which no children are involved, and […]

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