Family Law Updates

How High Conflict Parents Can Communicate With Each Other During Divorce

How High Conflict Parents Can Communicate With Each Other During Divorce

Divorce is never an easy event in one’s life, especially when there is a break down of communication. Divorce is even more challenging when there are kids in the middle. With high conflict parents, talking about kids’ schedules, appointments, and other aspects of the kids…

Spousal Maintenance, the 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

Spousal Maintenance, the 8 Factors and Equalizing Income

In Minnesota, the topic of spousal maintenance (also referred to as alimony) is commonly dealt with during a divorce, and is frequently misunderstood.  Spousal maintenance is awarded to meet need, and it depends on a showing of need.  The marital standard of living is analyzed…

A Positive Divorce – What We Can Learn From Celebrities

A Positive Divorce – What We Can Learn From Celebrities

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,…

Cohabitation Effects of Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

Cohabitation Effects of Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

Minnesota law, under Minn. Stat. § 518.522, Subd. 6, allows a spousal maintenance award to be modified if the party receiving maintenance or alimony (also known as the obligee), moves in with a significant other. Typically, spousal maintenance terminates upon the remarriage or death of…

Financial Issues - Qualified Plans Subject to Division

Financial Issues - Qualified Plans Subject to Division

In a Minnesota divorce proceeding, a qualified plan may include any marital portion of a retirement or investment account (IRA), pension plan, or deferred compensation plan that either party has an interest in. However, it is difficult to determine the value of these plans because…

Minnesota Divorce Issues - Depletion and Dissipation of Assets

Minnesota Divorce Issues - Depletion and Dissipation of Assets

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).…

Planning Your Blended Family’s Spring Break Vacation

Planning Your Blended Family’s Spring Break Vacation

When the winter chill just won’t let up, planning your blended family’s spring break vacation is a great excuse to let your mind wander to warmer thoughts. As exciting as a family vacation is, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when planning…