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 and Property Division – Does Equitable Also Mean Equal?

Equitable does not necessarily mean equal (check Black’s Law Dictionary).  In Minnesota Divorce cases, the division of Assets and Debts does not need to be mathematically equal, and you are not entitled, under Minnesota law, to “half of your half.”  Minnesota Statute 518.58, subd. 1,…

Minnesota Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) Trends During Divorce

The recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision in Curtis v. Curtis affirmed the decision of the trial court (which required a spouse to liquidate an award of property and assets to meet post-divorce expenses and monthly budget). The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear the case…

Minnesota Divorce Issues and Trends – Alimony (Spousal Maintenance) post Passolt

Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) is based upon need.  Contrary to what some lawyers might state, equalizing cash flow (or available income) is not required by Minnesota Statue 518.552.  Judges in Minnesota have discretion in awarding spousal maintenance, and the decision whether to award spousal maintenance is…