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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What should I expect when I go to court?

Unless you are an attorney or a judge, being in a courtroom is scary.  Most people’s experience with court is what they see on television.  What you see on television is much different than what television dramas show it to be.  So, what is it like going to the courthouse for a court hearing? Leave […]

My spouse and I are going to do our divorce ourselves. Is that a good idea?

I recently met with a young woman who brought with her to our consultation the packet of fill-in-the blank divorce papers she got from a local courthouse.  She filled them out the best she could, but her spouse would only provide her with some of the financial information the forms require.  She wanted to know […]