Randall A. Smith

1001, 2022

Spousal Maintenance – The 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

January 10, 2022|

In Minnesota, the topic of spousal maintenance (also referred to as alimony) is a frequent financial issue during a divorce.  Spousal maintenance is awarded to meet need, and it depends on a showing of need.  The marital standard of living is analyzed in detail, along with cash flow and proposed [...]

1310, 2021

Congratulations to Taylor Blatchford on her new law clerk job with Judge Tracy Perzel!

October 13, 2021|

Taylor Blatchford worked as a Student Attorney at Lake Harriet Law Office during her 1L, 2L and 3L years of law school.  Taylor graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in June, 2021.  Prior to attending law school, she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and Criminal Justice from Iowa [...]

2305, 2021

Celebrity Divorce of 2021: Bill and Melinda Gates

May 23, 2021|

Bill and Melinda Gates's divorce, which included elaborate headlines, paparazzi photos, and rumors, became the stuff of tabloid legend with the world soaking it up around every corner of this twisted storyline. Microsoft employees and Gates’ circle of friends and colleagues have whispered about inappropriate extramarital relationship for years. Even [...]

105, 2021

Congratulations to Katie on her new law clerk job with Judge David Lutz!

May 1, 2021|

Katie Schwandt-LaRoche worked as a Student Attorney at Lake Harriet Law Office during her 3L year.  Katie graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis in June, 2020.  Prior to attending law school, she earned a B.A.S. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. After [...]

3009, 2020

Congratulations to Aubry Fritsch on her new job as law clerk for Judge Elizabeth Cutter!

September 30, 2020|

Aubry Fritsch worked as a Student Attorney at Lake Harriet Law Office from August 2018 until December 2019.  Ms. Fritsch is a December, 2019 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.  Prior to law school she attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, [...]

2809, 2020

When Divorced Parents Struggle to Create an Effective Parenting Plan

September 28, 2020|

Creating an effective parenting plan is one of the best ways to prevent conflict arising after a divorce. The time that both parents spend with a child or children is essential for the well-being of all involved.  Managing parenting time is often contingent on other life commitments, such as work. [...]

3005, 2020

The Correlation between COVID-19 and Divorce Cases

May 30, 2020|

According to Johns Hopkins University, over 12 million people have been diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as the coronavirus. The United States has seen the largest jump in cases, currently reporting over 3 million positive tests. The pandemic is impacting every area of life, from the economy to how to [...]

1001, 2020

Valentine Proposal? Time to Consider an Antenuptial (Prenuptial) Agreement

January 10, 2020|

The last thing anyone who is newly engaged wants to think about is divorce. You are feeling high from the joy of planning your life with the one you love – bringing legal papers and provisions into it can dampen the mood. While we don’t suggest handing prenuptial papers to [...]

210, 2019

Minnesota Divorce Topic – Equitably Dividing Assets and Debts

October 2, 2019|

Financial issues are often a sticking point during divorce.  Not only can valuing and dividing assets become a point of contention, but allocating debt can also be a major concern.  In Minnesota Divorce cases, the division of Assets and Debts does not need to be mathematically equal, and you are [...]

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