Preparing for a Social Early Neutral Evaluation in Minnesota
A popular process used to foster settlement for child-related issues is Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE). More information on SENE can be found here. The process uses evaluators that hear
What Is A Parenting Consultant And Can I Be Forced To Work With One?
A Parenting Consultant, often referred to as a “PC,” is a neutral third party that can be appointed by the Court (only if the parties agree) to assist couples with
What is A Cohabitation Agreement?
It is increasingly common for couples to move in together before they get married and, sometimes, without any intention of ever getting married. In Minnesota, there is no such thing
Making Agreements Outside of the Court: Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Paying for an attorney is a cost that people want to avoid. That’s why I see ex-spouses or parents making agreements outside the purview of the Court and without the
Standard of Living Established during the Marriage
Minnesota Statute § 518.552 provides that the Court may grant spousal maintenance, in part, “considering the standard of living established during the marriage.” Minn. Stat. § 518.552. It can be
Recognition of Parentage vs. Court Order: Understanding the Differences in Minnesota
In Minnesota, unwed parents can execute a Recognition of Parentage (ROP and pronounced as “rope”) at the birth of a child. A ROP is a sworn statement by both parents
What is Child Inclusive Mediation?
Typically, children do not participate in mediation. In some situations, parents may want their children to have a voice in the process. This may be based on the age of
Safe Separations in Minnesota
The end of any relationship is a highly emotional and stressful time. It is a sad fact that many people experience threats to their safety even after their relationship ends
A Snapshot of the Divorce Process in Minnesota
Minnesota law sets up the divorce process to be fluid and versatile. This means the specific divorce process ultimately depends on how the parties want to approach it. There are