Changes to the Minnesota Judicial Branch During Times of Social Distancing

Changes to the Minnesota Judicial Branch During Times of Social Distancing

In conjunction with Governor Tim Walz’s declaration of emergency and the Minnesota Department of Health’s urgent request to practice social distancing, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lori S. Gildea, issued a judicial order outlining changes for the Minnesota Judicial Branch.[1] As of March 16, 2020,…

Post-Decree Issues - Modifying a Spousal Maintenance Award

Post-Decree Issues - Modifying a Spousal Maintenance Award

Spousal maintenance, also known as “alimony,” is an award of financial support one party (“obligor”) temporarily or permanently provides to the other party (“obligee”) for a mutually agreed-upon or court-ordered amount. A Minnesota court may grant an award upon finding that the obligee is without…

Benefits of Counseling During and After Divorce

Benefits of Counseling During and After Divorce

The effects of divorce are like those of other significant life-changing events, including natural disasters, illnesses, and serious accidents.[1] The stages of grief-denial, pain and uncertainty, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance-are normal and typical experiences during the divorce process.[2] Whether or not divorce is amicable…