Archive: 2016

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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Brown Law Office
October 7, 2016

How Child Preferences Fit Into Minnesota Custody Decisions

Can anyone reasonably expect children to make the best choices regarding their physical custody after divorce? Certainly some children have the maturity needed to make this decision, but more often, they might look only at their short-term self-interests.

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Brown Law Office
September 30, 2016

Postnuptial Agreements Can Strengthen Marriages

Many people believe that the day of their marriage marks a point where love and commitment are at their strongest levels. In fact, the relationship grows on a daily basis as they work together to resolve the unexpected personal issues that continue to arise. They support each other through illnesses, employment issues and even natural disasters, yet they become uncomfortable when the topic turns to money or possessions.

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