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Advantages of Using Our Family Wizard for Co-Parenting Communication

The key to successful co-parenting after a divorce or breakup  is effective communication. Unfortunately, miscommunication is all too easy, and a failure of communication can devolve into a spiral of blame and finger-pointing. Messages passed from o… Read More
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How to Change Your Name in Minnesota

Your name is an essential part of your identity; some people might argue it is the most essential part. Because your name is so interwoven with who you are, when you experience a major life change, it may feel right to change your name, too. One comm… Read More
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Tips for Using Zoom and Other Video Conferencing Software

As we continue to move forward forging a “new normal,” it seems that video conferencing is here to stay. Whether for business, educational, or personal use, video conferencing comes with a host of benefits that will likely continue to be a part o… Read More
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Why Unmarried Parents in Minnesota Need an Agreement

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This quote was probably coined for the business world, but it applies in a lot of other settings, too—including family law and child custody. Most people are reluctant to think about worst-case scenarios… Read More
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COVID-19, Lost Income, and Your Child Support

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone in different ways. While health issues are, of course, a concern, the virus is also having a serious financial impact on many families. If you or your co-parent has lost income due to COVID-19, how will… Read More
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Categories: Child Support
COVID-19 and Minnesota Pa…

COVID-19 and Minnesota Parenting Time: What’s Changed?

In the course of a few months, it seems like the world has turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. The most mundane of activities, like grocery shopping or getting a haircut, have become impossible or unrecognizable. Mo… Read More
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How Divorce Affects Your…

How Divorce Affects Your Estate Plan (What to Do and When)

You may have heard that you should update your estate plan after every major life change, such as marriage or the birth of a child. Divorce is no different. And while making or updating an estate plan may have seemed like something to do for a day in… Read More
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How Does Your Attorney’…

How Does Your Attorney’s Bias Affect Your Divorce Settlement?

If you Google the phrase “attorney bias in divorce,” you will (as of this writing) get exactly zero exact hits. Judicial bias in divorce? Lots of hits. But here’s the thing: before family law judges become judges, almost all of them are attorne… Read More
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Protect Your Rights as the Non-Biological Parent in a Same-Sex Couple

If you have a child with your same-sex spouse of partner, the joys you experience are the same as those of any other parent. But if you are not your child’s biological parent, some of the challenges you face may be unique. For instance, heterosexua… Read More
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Changing Your Child’s S…

Changing Your Child’s School When You Have Joint Custody

As a parent, you’re used to making decisions for your child, both large and small. When you divorce or separate from your child’s other parent, though, things often change. Especially when you have a joint custody arrangement, certain decisions n… Read More
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Three Ways Divorce Affect…

Three Ways Divorce Affects Your Income Tax

Divorce obviously changes a lot of things in your life, but it’s not until the April following your divorce that you might realize one of them: divorce affects your income tax. Whether you’re in the process of negotiating your divorce settlement… Read More
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Co-Parenting Through Fami…

Co-Parenting Through Family Changes

A client once said to me, “Life is like a video game: you master the challenges on the level where you are, and then you level up, and everything gets turned upside down. There’s a whole new set of challenges you need to figure out and master.”… Read More
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Why Divorce Hits Men Hard…

Why Divorce Hits Men Hard (And What to Do About It)

One often-repeated statement about divorce is that afterward, women’s standard of living goes down, while men’s goes up. While this isn’t universally true, it often is, and it leads to a stereotype of men living it up after divorce, throwing mo… Read More
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Categories: Relationships
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Retirement Accounts in Divorce: Asset or Income?

For many Minnesota couples, retirement accounts such as pensions and 401(k)s figure prominently in the divorce settlement. To the extent that money in these accounts accumulated during the marriage, it is marital property subject to division in divor… Read More
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How Single Dads Can Get M…

How Single Dads Can Get More Time With Their Kids (and Make the Most of It)

As a single father, whether you are divorced or were never married to your child’s mother, you might sometimes feel like you are on the outside looking in. In Minnesota, we use the term “parenting time” rather than the old term “visitation”… Read More
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Your name is an essential part of your identity; some people might argue it is the most essential part. Because your name is so interwoven with who you are, when you experience a major life change, it may feel right to change your name, too. One comm… Read More
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