Category: Family Law

How to Plan a Parenting Time Schedule for Summer

May 1, 2024  |  Jason C. Brown

Child custody is a complex matter that can be difficult for parents and children. Summer vacation often brings further complications as children are off from school and families make travel plans. With summer quickly approaching, we’ve put together a guide of things to know and best practices to follow when making your summer parenting time schedule. Check Your Legal Papers The first step in planning time with your children this summer is to examine your court orders and legal agreements with the other parent. Parenting time is separate from custody, and non-custodial parents are generally awarded at least 25 percent of their children’s total parenting time. In Minnesota, parenting time is measured based on the number of overnights a child spends with a parent over an entire year. Your court-issued parenting time order may specify seasonal changes in these arrangements. Consider Summer Schedules Next, make sure to account for how everyone’s schedules may change during the summer, including you, the other parent, and your children. Do you or the other parent work seasonal jobs or attend school? Do either of you have summer hobbies that would affect your schedule? Your children may also work summer jobs or attend summer camps. Older children may have recently acquired driver’s licenses and desire to spend more…

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The Benefits of Prenuptial Agreements

March 1, 2024  |  Jason C. Brown

Prenuptial agreements, often referred to as “prenups,” are legal documents designed to outline the division of assets and financial responsibilities in the event of divorce or the death of one spouse. While some people may view prenups as something that is negative or unnecessary, prenups can offer significant benefits for couples entering into marriage. Continue reading as we explore the benefits of prenuptial agreements. Asset Protection One of the primary benefits of a prenuptial agreement is the ability to protect your assets that you acquired before your marriage. This is important for individuals who have substantial assets, such as real estate, investments, or business interests. A prenup will specify which assets will remain separate property and which will be considered marital property, providing clarity and protection in the event of divorce. Debt Protection In addition to protecting assets, a prenuptial agreement addresses how debts will be handled during the marriage and in the event of divorce. Without a prenup, spouses may be liable for each other’s debts accumulated during the marriage, even if they were incurred independently. A prenuptial agreement can specify that each spouse will be responsible for their own debts, providing peace of mind and financial security. Protection of Your Family Assets Individuals with children from previous relationships may use prenuptial…

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Navigating the Minnesota Family Law Landscape

January 30, 2024  |  Jason C. Brown

Family law issues can be emotional and overwhelming for all involved. From divorce and child custody to domestic violence, each case brings its own set of challenges. In this post, learn more about Minnesota family law and the key principles that govern these sensitive matters. Child Custody One of the most emotionally charged aspects of family law revolves around child custody. Courts prioritize the best interest of the child when determining custody arrangements. Factors such as the child’s well-being, relationship with each parent, and the ability to provide a stable environment are considered. Marriage and Divorce Marriage issues, though rare, involve the requirements for a valid marriage, including age restrictions, consent, and the formalities involved in legalizing the nuptials. Both statutes and case law govern the dissolution of a marriage. Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. Issues include the division of assets, alimony, child custody, and child support. Adoption Minnesota’s adoption law outlines the legal procedures that prospective adoptive parents must follow to formalize their relationship with an adopted child. Adoption laws vary by jurisdiction. Understanding the nuances of adoption law is important for those looking to expand their families through that process. Domestic Abuse Domestic abuse is another significant aspect of family law. Protective orders and restraining orders are essential tools for…

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