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How the 2014 Change to Minnesota's Custody Law Affects You

Changes are coming to Minnesota child custody law. How, if at all, will they affect your family’s custody arrangements? Governor Dayton recently signed H.F. 2722 into law. This revision of existing law, which takes effect August 1, 2014, makes… Read More
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What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is an agreement regarding custody and parenting time that includes (a) a parenting time schedule, (b) a designation of decision-making responsibility regarding health care, education and religion as it relates to the child(ren); and… Read More
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What is Social Early Neutral Evaluation?

It used to be that parties who could not agree on custody and/or parenting time were referred to a custody evaluation where a public employee would conduct a lengthy, in-depth investigation into the disputed issues and make a recommendation to the Co… Read More
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Parenting Time

What was once called “visitation,” is now known as “parenting time.” Like custody, the Court asks what is in the best interests of the minor children when it determines parenting time and typically hones in on the age of the children, caretak… Read More
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What is the Purpose of Physical Custody Labels?

When I started practicing law, the custody labels mattered. If a parent was a child’s “sole physical” custodian, he or she received a set percentage of the other parent’s net income for child support. In addition, a “sole physical” custod… Read More
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Basics of Divorce - Custody Factors (Part 2)

The statute regarding custody of children sets forth two important additional rules. First, it states that the Court may not give greater weight to one of the best interest factors to the exclusion of the others. That is, the Court must address all o… Read More
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Basics of Divorce - Custody Factors (Part 1)

The Minnesota legislature has created a list of factors that our Courts are required to consider when they determine custody of children. The factors are used by custody evaluators when they make recommendations to the Court regarding custody. They a… Read More
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Basics of Divorce – Types of Custody

My next several postings will focus on custody and parenting time. There are 2 different types of custody in Minnesota, legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is defined as the right to determine a child’s upbringing, including education… Read More
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Divorce Options – Summary

All of the options related to divorce can be very overwhelming when you are in the thick of it. The most important thing to take away from my postings about divorce options is that they exist. You can pursue court intervention if you need to. You do… Read More
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Divorce Options – Collaborative Divorce

For some spouses, the most important part of getting divorced is coming out on the other end with their dignity and a workable relationship with each other. In those cases, collaborative divorce is an option. The concept of collaborative divorce was… Read More
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