Family Law Updates
1001, 2022

Spousal Maintenance – The 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

January 10, 2022|Family Law Updates|

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|Family Law Updates|

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 [...]

2207, 2021

Dividing Property During Divorce

July 22, 2021|Family Law Updates|

Property division is a major component of a divorce and includes dividing all marital assets including bank accounts, the family home, retirement interests, jewelry and more. When considering a divorce, keep in mind that Minnesota law provides for an “equitable” distribution of property. While this often means splitting assets 50/50, [...]

2605, 2021

How to Reduce or Stop Spousal Maintenance Payments

May 26, 2021|Family Law Updates|

A party seeking modification of spousal maintenance (or changing alimony) has the burden to show a substantial change of circumstances, since the time maintenance award was set, and that these changes render the award unreasonable or unfair. See Hecker v. Hecker, 568 N.W.2d 705, 709 (Minn. 1997). The terms of [...]

2305, 2021

Celebrity Divorce of 2021: Bill and Melinda Gates

May 23, 2021|Family Law Updates|

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|Family Law Updates|

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 [...]

1003, 2021

Reconsidering Family Finances in COVID-19

March 10, 2021|Family Law Updates|

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we watched the unemployment rate skyrocket while the market crashed. While the economy is moving to a more stable place today, most families are still experiencing financial difficulties in their everyday lives. In fact, the Pew Research Center reports that 43% of families [...]

3009, 2020

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

September 30, 2020|Family Law Updates|

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|Family Law Updates|

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. [...]

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