Family Law Updates

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 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…

Dividing Property During Divorce

Dividing Property During Divorce

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…

How to Reduce or Stop Spousal Maintenance Payments

How to Reduce or Stop Spousal Maintenance Payments

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…

Celebrity Divorce of 2021: Bill and Melinda Gates

Celebrity Divorce of 2021: Bill and Melinda Gates

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…

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

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

    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 Psychol read more

Reconsidering Family Finances in COVID-19

Reconsidering Family Finances in COVID-19

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…

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

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

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…

When Divorced Parents Struggle to Create an Effective Parenting Plan

When Divorced Parents Struggle to Create an Effective Parenting Plan

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…

We've Implemented Zoom and Phone Consultations

We've Implemented Zoom and Phone Consultations

Lake Harriet Law is open and taking a new approach to initial consultations with new clients.  Due to COVID-19, our firm has been working remotely since mid-March.  We are now back at the office, but are not currently having any new or current clients come…