Family Law

Telling the Children about Divorce

Sometimes the best way for two parents to move forward is to part ways. Divorce has become a common aspect of family life. One of the biggest questions parents often have is when and how it is best to discuss divorce with their children. Here are some helpful tips to consider when broaching the subject with your kids: Don’t rush the conversation. It may be tempting to have the conversation quickly, like ripping off a bandaid. However, it’s best for all parties involved to schedule the conversation at a time when there is at least an hour or two to process the emotions that come up. Don’t schedule the conversation right before going to school or before bedtime. Different ages need different information. Depending on..

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Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

Going through a divorce is never easy for a family. The spousal support laws vary from state to state and can be extremely confusing. Thankfully, you can rely on your family law attorney to be a valuable resource in navigating these complex issues. What are the spousal support laws in Minnesota? Minnesota courts have the power to order one spouse to pay alimony to the other (also referred to as spousal maintenance.) Often, the spouse who earns less money annually will make a request for spousal support from the higher earning spouse. This ensures that they can each maintain a reasonable standard of living to which they have become accustomed. Other reasons to request spousal support include the inability of one spouse to work..

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New Family Law Associate Joins The BGS Law Family!

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Lindsay K. Fischbach has joined the firm’s Family Law department. She will be working closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s growing Family Law/Divorce area serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve our community. Prior to joining the BGS Family Law legal team, Lindsay worked at a Twin Cities law firm representing business and individual clients, primarily in the area of family law. She has also had the opportunity to serve as judicial law clerk for two Judges. She first served for the Honorable Robert R. Benson of Filmore County from 2012-2013, followed by clerking for the Honorable Robert A. Awsumb, Ramsey County, from..

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Legal Separation vs. Informal Separation in Minnesota

Informal separations happen when one spouse simply moves out of the home. As covered in a previous post, this can give the other spouse significant advantages if a divorce occurs down the road. If a divorce is later decided upon as the way to proceed, the person who had remained in the home may have more rights to maintain ownership as well as more access to the items within the home. The person who moved out may find him/herself at a disadvantage if the relationship has now dissolved past the point of being able to negotiate openly and fairly. However, sometimes informal separations are a cooling off period and the couple may decide to remain together. Every couple’s situation is different. ..

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Most Common Family Law Matters

Family law disputes can be emotionally draining for all parties involved. While there are numerous issues that fall under the family law umbrella, some are more common than others. Some of the most common issues include: Divorce Divorce is what most people think of most often when they hear the term “family law.” Simply put, divorce is the dissolution of marriage, and the process terminates the legal status a couple had together while they were married. In addition to losing the legal status of being married, couples will also go through the sometimes difficult tasks of dividing up their assets and debts, agreeing on child custody/support arrangements, and a host of other issues. Child Support/Custody

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