What professionals can help in custody and parenting time cases?

Some parents are unable to agree where children should live, go to school or what parenting time schedule they should follow.  In those instances, they are leaving it up to a judge to decide.  That judge, who needs relevant information in order to assess such life changing decisions, may want the parents to provide a […]

Where do I find Minnesota laws online?

The Office of the Revisor of Statutes is an office created by the Minnesota Legislature to serve as the compiler of Minnesota Statutes, Laws, and Rules.  It is a nonpartisan office what provides a wealth of information on its website for the public to use.  One of the primary services the Office provides is access […]

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 […]

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, […]