Attorney Gail E. Mattey Joins Lake Harriet Law Office

Attorney Gail E. Mattey Joins Lake Harriet Law Office

Associate Attorney Gail E. Mattey earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2008, and her Honors B.A in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2003.  Gail represents clients in a variety of Family Law…

Maurer v Maurer and Tax Issues During Divorce

Maurer v Maurer and Tax Issues During Divorce

Under Minnesota law, the division of property during a divorce must be equitable. Minn. Stat. §518.58 (2016).  All property at the time of divorce is presumed to be marital property, this means that it is the challengers burden to prove that the property is nonmarital…

Life After Divorce With Children

Life After Divorce With Children

In today’s society, people are able to relocate easily for many different reasons such as economic, educational, and career opportunities. Any residential move no matter how close (60 miles) or how far (1,000 miles) will impact parties’ custodial arrangements along with relationships with the child.…

Divorce and Spousal Maintenance - The Analysis Of Cash Flow

Divorce and Spousal Maintenance – The Analysis Of Cash Flow

In Minnesota, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) is based upon need, and not the equalization of cash flow (equalizing monthly cash flow is not required or even addressed by Minnesota Statue 518.552).  Unlike Child Support, Spousal Maintenance does not provide the parties with a basic formula to…

Divorce Topics - When It’s Time to File a Family Law Appeal

Divorce Topics – When It’s Time to File a Family Law Appeal

No one gets married and expects to find themselves going through a divorce. It affects everyone involved: the spouses, children, and can even affect extended family, like parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. It is an extremely emotional time when people are choosing a new direction…

Minnesota Divorce Topics - Depletion and Dissipation of Assets

Minnesota Divorce Topics – Depletion and Dissipation of Assets

Although Depletion and Dissipation of property carry different meanings, in Minnesota divorce cases the terms are generally used synonymously by the Court.  Dissipation is defined by Minnesota case law as “wasting or expending funds foolishly.” Volesky v. Volesky, 412 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. Ct. App. 1987).…