Think back to your childhood. You probably fondly remember curling up with your journal and pouring out your heart onto the pages. Now that you’re an adult, and you’re going through a divorce, you can use journaling in an entirely different but also constructive way. In addition to documenting the facts of your divorce, use the opportunity to vent your feelings, hopes, fears and dreams in a safe and private space.
The emotional turmoil that you face can mean that your decision-making skills sometimes suffer. However, you cannot afford to let your feelings rule you during this critical time, since your financial future could depend on the decisions you make.
Minnesota law provides grandparents with specific, limited rights over their grandchildren. Depending on the circumstances, grandparents can even directly seek relief from the courts to spend time with their grandchildren, if the parents refuse permission.
The possibility of expanding your family through adoption is exciting, scary, joyful and confusing all at once. When people imagine adopting a young baby or older child, though, they sometimes labor under mistaken ideas about what is actually involved and how adoption works in Minnesota. We wanted to set the record straight.
Parental alienation can have lasting negative effects on the relationship between the victimized parent and the child. The consequences often persist for years, or even decades, after divorce.
Thanksgiving sparks challenges for many families, even those not embroiled in child custody disputes. With good planning, however, you can create a fun experience for your children and enjoy the holiday.
In May of 2015, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed new custody and parenting time legislation into law. The new “best interest standard” is accompanied by a revised framework for judges to apply the relevant factors. Cynthia Brown recently offered her thoughts on the amended statute to the Tenth Judicial District law clerks.
In this video segment, family law attorney Jason Brown provides a video summary of the law, and process, of step parent adoption in Minnesota. Assuming the biological father is willing to terminate his rights voluntarily, matters will likely move through the court system rather smoothly.
Potential clients are contacting our law firm for prenuptial agreements more frequently than ever before. There are any number of situations that justify a prenup. In this video segment, attorney Jason Brown summarizes the law concerning prenuptial agreements in Minnesota.
In recent months, the legislature passed (and the governor signed into a law) a bill that amends Minnesota's custody standards. In addition to a revised "best interest of the child" standard, judges must now apply the relevant statutory criteria with nine new provisions to guide them.