What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem is a person with specifically required training who is assigned to a court case.  He or she serves as an advocate for a child when the child’s welfare is a matter of concern for the court. The phrase legally means “guardian of the lawsuit.”  Guardians ad Litem provide a voice for a […]

Can we make an agreement outside of court?

It is no secret people want to avoid paying an attorney whenever possible.  Divorcing couples or parents smartly try talking out their legal issues to find common ground and make agreements outside of court thinking they solved their legal issues without involving attorneys.  Their agreements may come before any court proceeding exists or sometime after […]

Does someone have to move out of the house when there is a divorce?

It can be stressful, confusing and difficult for spouses to continue living together during a divorce especially when there are children.  Seeing one another and knowing the relationship is over while wondering what the future holds is painful.  Divorcing couples should not jump to the conclusion one person should have to move out.  While there […]

How long does it take to go through a divorce or custody case?

The best answer to this question is the cliché “every snowflake is different.”  Every family court case, or those involving a divorce or child custody case, moves at its own pace.  There is no specific deadline requiring these cases to come to a certain end.  There are a number of factors that have a direct […]

How does the number of divorces in the United States rate compared to other countries?

It seems every few months there are stories about the divorce rate in the United States and how it compares to years past.  But how does the rate of divorce in the United States compare to the rest of the world?  The comparative chart at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/mapped-countries-with-highest-divorce-rate/ provides some answers. Perhaps to no one’s surprise Ireland […]

What if I cannot afford court filing fees for my family court case?

Minnesota courts charge filing and other fees in a variety of cases including those involving divorce, child custody, parenting time and child support.  Not everyone can afford to pay all of these fees.  State law requires court fees and costs can be waived in certain circumstances. In family court, a person must provide the court with […]

Can I change my will during a divorce?

People going through a divorce often do not want their soon-to-be ex-spouse inheriting their assets such as real estate or bank accounts.  While death is a tough topic to think about, divorces should involve some estate planning early on in order to best protect what you own if your not-quite-my ex-spouse outlives you or dies […]