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June 15, 2015

An Overview of Step-Parent Adoption in Minnesota

Step-parent adoption, in Minnesota, involves four key steps: (1) termination of parental rights; (2) a petition for adoption; (3) background checks by court services; and (4) a final hearing. The first step in the process of step-parent adoption, a termination of parental rights, is the most challenging aspects of these cases. The very nature of a step-parent adoption presumes that a child's biological parent (typically, but not necessarily, the father) has been denied the ongoing right to a parent/child relationship. Termination of parental rights …

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June 4, 2015

Standards for Re-Opening a Minnesota Divorce Decree

Once a divorce decree has been entered in Minnesota, there are only a limited number of situations in which a party to the action can re-open (or seek to vacate) it. To be clear, to "re-open" a decree represents an attempt to change something (like a property settlement) that is otherwise final in nature. This is distinguished from a motion to "modify" custody, parenting time, child support or spousal maintenance. There are seven legal principles that provide a basis to re-open: (1) clerical error; (2) fraud; (3) mistake; (4) newly discovered …

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May 29, 2015

Tips For Keeping Divorce Costs Low

There is no set template for a divorce. Depending on any number of situations, a divorce can be resolved quickly and peacefully with a low financial cost to both spouses - or can be tied up in litigation for months, and cost thousands of dollars. COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH DIVORCE Lots of factors play a role in how expensive, and how long, a divorce proceeding will take. If a couple has children, custody instantly becomes a major factor in the case. If one spouse has a high-earning job, while the other spouse has none, this can create spousal …

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Brown Law Office
February 2, 2015

Judicial Determination of a Parent-Child Relationship in Minnesota Paternity Cases

Paternity cases involve a situation in which the parents of a child are unmarried, yet the father of the child seeks to establish certain rights, including physical custody, legal custody and parenting time. The gateway to such a claim, however, involves the establishment of paternity in and of itself. In Minnesota, there are just two ways to establish paternity: (1) the execution of a Recognition of Parentage; and (2) a judicial determination (court order) of a parent-child relationship. A "parent-child relationship" is defined as "the legal …

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Brown Law Office
November 20, 2014

Overview of Reunification Therapy Among Parents and Children

Every family has their disagreements. Unfortunately, some parents take things to the extreme, and deny parenting time to the other. When that happens, reunification therapy may be the best option to rekindle the lost relationship between a parent and child. If you are involved in a challenging situation with another parent, we are here to help. Quite often, in these situations, the underlying conflict among parents will turn into alienation of one parent. That parent becomes estranged (e.g., absent) from the child’s life, while the other assumes the …

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Brown Law Office
October 9, 2014

Choosing the Right Divorce Mediator in Minnesota

It takes plenty of time and effort to finalize a divorce. Many people choose to hire a divorce mediator to help them settle matters amicably. But with so many mediators out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Let us help you with a few key tips on choosing the right divorce mediator. You should know that all divorce mediators are not created equal. Before you retain a mediator: Make sure he/she is an educator. A good divorce mediator will educate you on the law, to help you make an informed decision. Some mediators are …

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Brown Law Office
August 1, 2014

How Businesses are Appraised as Part of a Divorce

A divorce is a very difficult process. Typically there will be disagreement on parenting issues and finance. One asset the is usually deemed the most valuable within a divorce is a business. It is crucial to understand the various ways to appraise a business, if you own one. There are three common approaches to having a business appraised: The asset approach: Based on the value of the assets and liabilities of your business, including tangible and intangible assets. The income approach: Estimates the value of the business through expected …

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Brown Law Office
August 1, 2014

An Overview of Motions to Move Out of State

Each divorce case will vary from one another. In some cases, a parent might want to move out of state with his or her children. But, the non-custodial parent may be opposed of this idea. Typically, a child cannot be permanently relocated from his or her state of residence without approval from that court that gave the original custody order - unless the other parent consents. When parents agree to an out-of-state move, they should sign a written agreement reflecting that. A counselor, or mediator, may be hired to help resolve any issues of both …

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Brown Law Office
July 30, 2014

Tips for Dealing with a High Conflict Divorce

Being involved in a high conflict divorce is extremely stressful, and can make the divorce process long and painful. Ideally a divorce can be quick and painless  -and resolved amicably. That is not the case in a high conflict divorce. This term refers to a couple that creates a war among themselves, that will create long-term effects. Many individuals involved in creating a high conflict divorce have been found to have a narcissistic personality disorder. This means they see themselves as superior to their spouse and have little regard of the others …

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Brown Law Office
July 29, 2014

The Role of a Parenting Time Consultant

A parental consultant (PC) is a figure that both parents will agree upon, who is then appointed by a judge. The PC will provide expert opinion, and assist in resolving parenting issues that arise. Another similar individual used in cases is a parenting time expeditor. These individuals are court authorities and are to be treated like a judge, which means their decisions carry the same weight as a court order. They only make decisions related to parenting time. Unlike parenting time expeditors, parenting consultants are allowed to resolve any parenting …

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