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 […]

Can I change an agreement reached at an Early Neutral Evaluation or at a mediation?

More and more people going through a family court matter are choosing to participate in an Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) rather than jumping right to a trial where a judge shall permanently decide the matter.  An Early Neutral Evaluation is a confidential evaluation process that occurs within a month or two of a family court […]

What is an Initial Case Management Conference (“ICMC”) Hearing?

Most people envision going to a courthouse for jury duty or to apply for a marriage license.  Going to a courthouse is not something most people do very often.  The thought of having to go to court for an Initial Case Management Conference (“ICMC”) Hearing can be a scary thought.  People going through a divorce, child […]

What questions should I ask when hiring an attorney?

Most people have never had to hire an attorney.  When they find themselves in need of a family law attorney, they often are so focused on what is going on in their life at the time that they do not know what they should discuss with an attorney or where to even start with their […]

What is a six month Review Hearing?

Hopefully, once the judge signs the divorce Decree finalizing a divorce or an Order finalizing a custody case, families settle into a new routine of life.  The hope is the parents follow the parenting time schedule, child support gets paid and the parents are communicating with one another about medical and school issues.  In reality, […]

How does my military deployment affect my legal custody, physical custody and parenting time?

Military parents in Minnesota have some added protection when it comes to deployments.  In 2015 the Minnesota legislature passed the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act to create a uniform set of laws that ensure parents serving in our military are not penalized for their service while taking into consideration the impact deployment has on […]

Can what I post on Facebook affect my court case?

Many people have a Facebook page.  They post fun recipes, kooky pet videos and selfies from trips, sporting and family events.  I love posts that are positive, cool and sometimes a bit boring.  Facebook helps us stay connected with the important people in our lives. I am amazed with some of the information people choose […]