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March 12, 2017

Child Support Decrees Cannot Be Used as Post-Divorce Equalizers

Divorce may create the legal end to marriages, but it does not end relationships, particularly when ex-spouses have children. The final divorce decree sets forth many conditions, and the most important settlement issues involve custody, parenting time and financial support of the children. Unless parents take legal action to change them, these terms are basically set in stone.

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Brown Law Office
January 25, 2017

An Annulment Can Leave Either Party With Long-Term Rights

Since annulling a marriage essentially makes it null and void, it seems on the surface as if it is the same as never having married in the first place. However, Minnesota is one of several states that modeled its laws after the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act. This Act recognizes the concept of innocent (or putative) spouses, who are individuals who enter into marriage in good faith that the marriage was legally valid.

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Brown Law Office
January 6, 2017

How Minnesota Courts Determine the Best Interests of the Child

Divorcing parents frequently hear that judges use the best interests of the child standard when making child-related determinations. Usually, those parents also believe that settlements that provide them with full physical custody and more parenting time overall automatically meet the best interests of the child.

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Brown Law Office
December 1, 2016

Statistics Show That Child Abuse Claims Are Often Invalid

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway, out of approximately 2.1 million reports of child abuse or neglect in 2013, investigations revealed that only about 20 percent of them were valid claims, slanting heavily toward neglect. Although foster children file a fair number of claims, the majority of alleged perpetrators were biological parents.

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Brown Law Office
November 21, 2016

Minnesota Stay-at-Home Spouses May Need to Go to Work After Divorce

Many people receive alimony (also known as spousal maintenance) awards as part of MN divorce decrees, but these awards are less common than they were many years ago, and they may be temporary in nature. While our Minnesota alimony lawyers have helped many clients obtain the full support they need after divorce, we have also learned that individuals often discover numerous experiential benefits from going back to work.

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Brown Law Office
November 14, 2016

Homework for The Entire Family Before a Stepparent Adoption

Adopting stepchildren is an important step in converting a blended family into a cohesive unit where both parents carry equal weight with the children, but it involves much more than following the appropriate court procedures. Each Minnesota stepparent adoption lawyer at our firm firmly believes that all family members need to go through significant emotional preparation so they already live and act like a typical family before they make the adoption official in court.

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Brown Law Office
November 4, 2016

Under New Maintenance Bill, Cohabitation is a Financial Consideration

Minnesota law currently considers many factors when determining the duration of spousal maintenance (also known as alimony or spousal support), if any, after divorce. As a general rule, these help ensure that spouses of limited means can continue to afford living in a reasonable manner after divorce. However, even so-called permanent support ends when either party dies or when the recipient re-marries.

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