spousal maintenance

Minnesota Divorce Judges and Referees

There are two counties in Minnesota in which both judges and referees preside over divorce cases. These are Hennepin County and Ramsey County.  Practically speaking, judges and referees have the same amount of authority.  They both conduct hearings and trials and issue orders.  Orders issued by referees have to be reviewed and approved by a .. read more

Divorce and the Early Neutral Evaluation Process

It is important that you understand the Early Neutral Evaluation process in order to have the greatest chance of being successful in your divorce case.

Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

In the State of Minnesota, when determining spousal maintenance, there are two primary considerations – the amount of the monthly payment, and the duration, or length of time that the award or obligation will last.  Spousal maintenance is one area of the law in which there are many variables that can affect the amount of .. read more

Important Change to Spousal Maintenance Law

The Minnesota legislature enacted a very important change to Minnesota spousal maintenance laws.  The change became effective on August 1, 2016. Under the new law, cohabitation is now grounds for terminating spousal maintenance.  There are some factual tests that need to be met, but in very many cases (if not most) a party will be .. read more

Divorce Minnesota Style

There are some things about divorcing in Minnesota that are very predictable. There are some things about divorcing in Minnesota that are very unpredictable. Child Custody and Parenting Time: More often than not, the custody and parenting time arrangement resembles the parenting contributions of each party prior to the divorce. If one parent was clearly .. read more

What is an “Uncontested Divorce”?

An uncontested divorce is a divorce proceeding in which the parties agree on how to resolve all issues.  Instead of having a trial before a judge, the parties sign a written agreement. In Minnesota, this agreement is called a “Marital Termination Agreement.” Sometimes parties can reach an agreement right away. Sometimes parties may start out with .. read more