Clausen & Hassan  |  July 20, 2015

Changes in Family Law: Children with Special Needs

Family law in Minnesota is adopting a new approach on special needs children in a divorce. My previous post regarding upcoming changes in family law gave a brief overview of
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Clausen & Hassan  |  July 7, 2015

Changes in Minnesota Family Law: Best Interests of the Child

During the 2015 legislative session, the Minnesota legislature has drastically altered how the Court will look at the "best interest factors" The Minnesota Legislature has recently made significant changes to
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Brian J. Clausen  |  January 26, 2015

Post-Decree Determination of Choice of School for a Minor Child(ren)

In a case when the parties are unable to determine what school their child or children will go to, either post-divorce or after a Court has issued an Order determining
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Farhan  |  September 23, 2013

Special Needs Children in a Minnesota Divorce Proceeding

In a divorce proceeding, the tendency may be to compartmentalize the "minor children" in one category: that they do not have any special needs, and that they are developmentally progressing
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Farhan  |  February 18, 2013

Minnesota Child Dependency Tax Exemptions

The 2013 tax filing deadline is approaching.  When parents are divorced and are now "single", each former spouse files separate income tax returns.  But what happens to the child dependency
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Farhan  |  July 9, 2012

I work odd or non-traditional hours – does this mean I won’t get child custody?

Working adults and parents have grown accustomed to odd or non-traditional work hours.  In simple terms, the traditional “9-5” job seems less common now days.  This is even more evident
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Farhan  |  January 20, 2012

Minnesota Child Custody and Preference of a Child

As discussed in previous blog posts regarding physical custody and legal custody, in Minnesota family law cases involving custody, the Court is required to look at thirteen (13) factors to
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Farhan  |  September 15, 2010

“Physical Custody” under Minnesota Law

“Physical custody” refers to the main residence, care and control of the minor child.  Physical custody is a label which is awarded to the parent where the child typically resides
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Farhan  |  

“Legal Custody” under Minnesota Law

There is a legal presumption in Minnesota that Joint Legal Custody is in the best interests of a minor child unless that presumption is rebutted by the other party (e.g.
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