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 […]

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 […]

How does the new legislation regarding cohabitation affect spousal maintenance?

If you are a former spouse who pays spousal maintenance or receives spousal maintenance, you need to be aware of a significant change to our spousal maintenance law that became effective August 1, 2016.  A former spouse who is in a new relationship could potentially have his or her spousal maintenance reduced, suspended or eliminated.  The […]

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 a court look at income for child support and spousal maintenance?

One common question asked during a divorce, paternity and custody case revolves around financial support a person must pay or receive as it relates to their family law case.  The first step to determine the couple’s income is to obtain monthly income paystubs and information for each parent. Income can come from many documented sources […]