Family Law

December 14, 2020

Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Estate Planning Scams

Imagine spending thousands of dollars on an estate plan to protect loved ones, only to find that no true protection exists. Unfortunately, this scenario happens on a regular basis to individuals who are victims of estate planning schemes. According to a report conducted by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau […]
December 14, 2020

What is Parental Kidnapping?

As a parent, you likely feel that it’s your obligation to always do what’s best for your child. Unfortunately, in some cases, taking your child without the consent of his or her other parent can result in criminal allegations of parental kidnapping. Parental kidnapping typically occurs in one of two […]
November 27, 2020
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Tips for Making a Peaceful Holiday Visiting Schedule

The holiday season is supposed to be a time when families enjoy each other’s company, but in divorced families, scheduling can make a time that should be fun stressful, and overwhelming. Although holiday visitation arrangements are typically part of the final divorce decree, certain details need to be worked out […]
November 12, 2020
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I Want to See My Grandchildren, but My Adult Son/Daughter Won’t Let Me. What Can I Do?

A grandparent can play an important and prominent role in any child’s life. They can be an extra set of hands to help raise the child, they can be someone to share stories and laughs, and they can be a loving support system. However, if grandparents aren’t allowed to see […]
June 18, 2020
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5 Reasons Why a Prenuptial Agreement Is a Good Idea

When entering into a marriage, the plans are always for it to last forever. Unfortunately, that may not always be the outcome. Today, around half of all marriages tragically end in divorce. While this conclusion may never be your intention, with such high odds, protecting yourself and your assets before […]
April 2, 2020

Co-Parenting Amid COVID-19 Quarantine? Things to Keep in Mind.

We are all facing uncertainty and unfamiliar territory with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are balancing working from home while at the same time overseeing our children’s online learning, all the while trying to distance ourselves socially and still maintain our physical and mental health. Add in co-parenting […]
January 28, 2020
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Know When it’s Time to Speak to a Divorce Attorney

The divorce process is never an easy one. Emotions fly while stress and anxiety are high. There are many questions that run through your head as you worry about what life will look like after the divorce, who gets what, or how the children will be affected. Hiring a divorce […]
January 10, 2020
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The Steps to Adoption in North Dakota

Congratulations! You’ve decided to adopt a child. While this is no doubt an exciting time, the adoption process can be complex. In order to ensure that the process goes smoothly and all of your questions are answered, it may be most beneficial to hire an adoption attorney. There are roughly […]
December 3, 2019
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Adoption by Stepparents in North Dakota and Minnesota

There are many children in North Dakota and Minnesota who, due to unexpected accidents, lose a parent to death. In some cases, a child’s surviving parent enters into a new marriage with another individual and this new stepparent desires to legally adopt the child. These types of adoptions follow established […]
October 17, 2019
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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?

As a grandparent, watching your grandchildren grow and flourish is one of the most joyful parts of life. When your child and their significant other terminate their relationship, however, child custody can become a major issue, with visitation rights between the parents a focal point. Often times though, a grandparent’s […]
September 12, 2019
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Can You Fight a Child Support Increase?

If your former spouse files a request for a child support increase, do you have to agree to it, or can you fight it? A request for a child support modification can be challenged. To do so, you will put the request before a judge and ask the court to […]
August 22, 2019
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Grandparent Rights to Visitation

The joys of being a grandparent are unlike any other experience, and the relationships that you have with your grandchildren are irreplaceable and priceless. But what happens when you are not allowed to see your grandchildren? What would you do if you couldn’t spend time with them? If you are […]
August 12, 2019
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Marital Versus Non-Marital Property in Minnesota – How Will it Affect Your Divorce?

Depending on how property is designated – marital or non-marital – affects how it may be distributed in a divorce.  Regardless of whose name is on the title of the home or the vehicles, property acquired during the marriage is generally marital property which must be distributed between the spouses […]
August 9, 2019
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My Child is Being Bullied. What Should I Do?

Bullying has been an issue in our school systems for many years. However, with the increasing popularity of cell phones and social media, students are witnessing a new, harsher form of bullying – cyberbullying. In order to protect our children and put an end to bullying and cyberbullying in our […]
August 5, 2019
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Can You Receive Financial Support from Your Spouse While Your Divorce is Pending?

Divorce is full of unknowns, and facing a divorce is extremely stressful. It’s difficult to predict from the outset exactly how long your divorce proceedings will take, and even reasonably friendly divorces sometimes morph into contentiousness. In the State of North Dakota, the court – if it deems it appropriate […]
June 26, 2019
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You’re Getting Married! ? Here’s What You Need to Do From a Legal Perspective.

Deciding to get married is exciting, and it’s a huge step. Besides flowers, photos, and music, there are also some legal considerations you should make before the big day. Apply for a Marriage License For your state to recognize your marriage as legally binding, you will have to get a […]
May 17, 2019
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Accessing Digital Assets Upon Death

It’s easy to ignore your digital assets, such as social media accounts, email accounts, music, photographs, or any other information stored digitally when planning your estate. However, your digital assets, specifically access to your digital assets, should be addressed in your estate plan. Although some of your digital assets may […]
May 1, 2019
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Legal Tips to Consider Before You Sign a Prenup

Many people who get married today are asked to enter into prenuptial agreements, which are intended to protect the parties’ interests, should the marriage fail. But a prenuptial agreement is a legally binding contract, so don’t sign it before you make the following considerations: Get Independent Legal Representation There are […]
February 8, 2019
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Do You Really Need a Lawyer to Create a Will?

These days, it seems like you can find online instructions for doing nearly anything. While there’s certainly information out there related to creating your own will, trying to use pre-fabricated forms is a recipe for disaster. Your will is an important document that is critical to your family’s financial future, […]
April 5, 2018
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Picking a Guardian for Your Child

For those parents with minor children, one of the most important decisions that they must make is deciding who should be appointed guardian to take care of their children in the event that the child becomes an orphan. This process is referred to as the conservator or guardianship process. Deciding […]
March 22, 2018
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Getting Through Divorce While Staying Out of Court

Most people who are contemplating divorce often have the misguided perception that their decision will mean that they have to endure a long, drawn-out legal battle filled with stressful court appearances and the uncertainty of leaving their lives in the hands of a Judge.  However, did you know that approximately […]
March 14, 2018
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Collaborative Law, Part Two: The Role of the Collaborative Attorney

We’ve previously discussed the effectiveness of Collaborative Law as an alternate means of navigating your divorce action and some of the keys features that may be appealing to you including the involvement of a team approach. One of the key members of the Collaborative team is the Collaborative Attorney.  Having […]
March 12, 2018
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Collaborative Law, Part One: What is Collaborative Law and Is It Right for You?

Litigation in divorce is stressful, there’s no doubt about it.  Litigation is time consuming and often involves both parties to the divorce engaging in the “blame game” by pointing out the faults of their spouse all while trying to downplay any negative information about themselves.  Perhaps the most stressful part […]
March 6, 2018
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Adoption by Stepparents in North Dakota and Minnesota

There are many children in North Dakota and Minnesota who may be residing in single parent households, due to unexpected accidents, an absent parent or the loss of a parent. In some cases, a child’s surviving parent enters into a new marriage with another individual and this new stepparent desires […]
January 29, 2018
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The Importance of Child Support in Minnesota

Children in the state of Minnesota require financial and emotional assistance as well as support from both parents. To achieve these goals, the state’s child support program helps parents who are no longer together make sure that there are adequate finances to support the child. Not only does child support […]
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