Randall A. Smith

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 [...]

1007, 2019

Divorce and Your Child’s Education

July 10, 2019|

The emotional difficulties of divorce affect children no matter what their age.  When your children are school-aged, it is quite common to see some temporary changes in their academics.  With love, understanding and patience, you can help your child deal with the issues presented during a divorce. The Impact on [...]

207, 2019

Divorce 101: How to Effectively Allocate Extracurricular Expenses for Teenagers

July 2, 2019|

If you are in the process of filing for divorce, it is time to consider the needs of your growing children. While younger children have financial needs that are more easily addressed during a divorce, teenagers need additional support that is often difficult to estimate, such as expenses and fees [...]

1706, 2019

The Use of Mediation to Address Summer Parenting-Time Issues

June 17, 2019|

All parents face challenges over the summer, but when you are in the middle of a divorce, parenting-time issues are bound to arise.  Both parents typically want to have the children for as much time during the summer as possible. The problem is, your kids can’t be in two places [...]

205, 2019

A Positive Divorce – What We Can Learn From Celebrities

May 2, 2019|

There are certain normal events which create major stress in our lives. The top category is life transitions. These transitions include moving, starting a new job, marriage, divorce, and death. It’s tempting to instantly categorize each of these events as a positive or negative experience, but any one of them [...]

1502, 2019

Navigating FAFSA While Going Through the Divorce Process

February 15, 2019|

Going through a divorce isn’t easy on a family, but when you pair that with one of the kids getting ready to go off to college, it can get a lot more difficult and confusing. Most issues concerning divorce and college are financial. Who is paying for which expenses? What [...]

1002, 2019

Minnesota Divorce Issues – Depletion and Dissipation of Assets

February 10, 2019|

Although Depletion and Dissipation of property carry different meanings, in Minnesota divorce cases the terms are sometimes 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).  Spouses have a fiduciary duty [...]

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