Saving Money During A Divorce! Cost of Divorce | Even though I make my living as a divorce lawyer I am big believer that your divorce shouldn’t cost any more than it needs to! I recently read a good blog post by a Florida Divorce Lawyer who has the same idea, keeping costs reasonable for clients. Reading that post made me think I should tell my readers about some of my money-saving tips for a divorce. Although I’ve written on this topic before (money-saving tips for your divorce) I think it’s important to take another look. Get and Stay Organized: It’s […]

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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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Farm Divorce | So, you or your spouse own a farm and now you are getting divorced. You think that any Minnesota divorce lawyer will do right? Wrong. Unfortunately, many divorce lawyers who are very good at simple divorces simply are not equipped to handle a farm divorce. Why you may ask? Aren’t all divorce lawyers the same and the law is the same isn’t it? Well, sort of, the law is the same but what’s different is that the way a farm typically operates and is financed is not the same as a small business or a standard “wage […]

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If you are involved in a Minnesota custody dispute, your lawyer or a judge might have brought up the topic of a guardian ad litem with you. A guardian ad litem is someone who is appointed, for the duration of your legal battle, to look out for the best interests of your child. The idea is that while you can make your wishes known, and your ex can make his or her wishes known, your child has no one to advocate for him or her. The guardian ad litem will be an independent, neutral person—so not your ex-mother-in-law, fortunately, but […]

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What is the talk? Well sometimes it starts with “It’s not you, it’s me” but it usually ends with the client picking up the file and going to a new lawyer.  There is an old saying in the divorce world that is people tend to hire lawyers like themselves.  It’s not always true, but more often than not it is.  But before you “fire” your lawyer, you owe it to yourself to talk to them, to tell them your concerns or problems.  We are not mind readers and sometimes we makes mistakes.* So, why then would you want to talk […]

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