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 […]

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 […]

What is a good legal resource for unmarried parents?

Earlier blog posts discuss the rights unmarried parents have when it comes to their kids.  LawHelpMN has put together a well-rounded article on the legal issues parents who have kids outside of marriage should consider. Here is a link to the article that I believe all unmarried parents should review. http://www.lawhelpmn.org/resource/unmarried-fathers-guide-to-paternity-custody.  Click on the link […]

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 […]

What if the other parent claims our kids for taxes when I am supposed to claim them?

Sometimes parents spend a lot of time inside and outside of court fighting about who gets to claim the kids for income tax purposes.  Claiming one or more kids for tax purposes often brings a welcomed tax refund that can be used to pay down bills.  The process can bring some real financial relief for […]

How is custody addressed when parents live in other states?

With our mobile society, it is relatively easy to move to and from other states.  There may be situations where couples with children find themselves living in different states.  What happens with children?  The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, or UCCJEA, may come into play.  The UCCJEA is a series of statutes, or […]

How to address parenting time when a parent travels for work?

Parenting is stressful enough when both parents work locally.  Going through a divorce for a parent who travels around the state or out of state gets complicated and ugly.  What should a divorcing parent who works away from home do to maximize the time he or she has with the children?  There are some steps […]