Family Law Updates

Children Home From School and Online Learning due to COVID-19

Children Home From School and Online Learning due to COVID-19

With the recent current events surrounding COVID-19, schools across the United States have closed and transitioned to online learning.  The closures are an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, but they have created challenges for local educators, most of…

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…

Financial Well-Being Amid The COVID-19 Crisis

Financial Well-Being Amid The COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has sparked anxiety worldwide, leaving people to feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the future. Not only is this a health crisis, but it is also an economic crisis and many people may have questions on how to protect assets and maintain…

Changes to the Minnesota Judicial Branch During Times of Social Distancing

Changes to the Minnesota Judicial Branch During Times of Social Distancing

In conjunction with Governor Tim Walz’s declaration of emergency and the Minnesota Department of Health’s urgent request to practice social distancing, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lori S. Gildea, issued a judicial order outlining changes for the Minnesota Judicial Branch.[1] As of March 16, 2020,…

Post-Decree Issues - Modifying a Spousal Maintenance Award

Post-Decree Issues - Modifying a Spousal Maintenance Award

Spousal maintenance, also known as “alimony,” is an award of financial support one party (“obligor”) temporarily or permanently provides to the other party (“obligee”) for a mutually agreed-upon or court-ordered amount. A Minnesota court may grant an award upon finding that the obligee is without…

Minnesota Divorce and Disproportionate Divisions of Property

Minnesota Divorce and Disproportionate Divisions of Property

Property division can be a tricky part of your divorce and sometimes can become a point of contention between the parties.  This is why, generally, property divisions are supposed to be equitable so that each party receives a fair amount in the division.  There are…

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…

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

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

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…

Benefits of Counseling During and After Divorce

Benefits of Counseling During and After Divorce

The effects of divorce are like those of other significant life-changing events, including natural disasters, illnesses, and serious accidents.[1] The stages of grief-denial, pain and uncertainty, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance-are normal and typical experiences during the divorce process.[2] Whether or not divorce is amicable…

Mediation and Other ADR Processes During Divorce

Mediation and Other ADR Processes During Divorce

Mediation, and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), can be a less stressful and more cost-effective way to resolve divorce disputes. Mediation is a chance for the parties to take control of their divorce and make decisions for their separation that they think will…