Family Court: A Few Simple Rules To Follow

Thanks to Mark Pfenning, a divorce lawyer and author who has published many articles geared toward helping parties through the divorce process. His recent article, Divorce Courtroom Tips, provides some helpful strategies and a useful summary of the basic rules of decorumin family court. Here's what Mark has to say: Settle Some Things. This means the judge won't be in control of everything. Expect Unfavorable Decisions. There are three … Read More

Podcast: Two Years of Litigation In Ten Minutes: Overview Of The Contested Divorce Process in Minnesota

The latest installment of The Family Law Show is ready for your inspection: "Two Years of Litigation in Ten Minutes." We provide a brief overview of how divorce cases are litigated. The vast majority of the cases we handle settle short of trial. But, even in those situations, the litigants should understand how the process unfolds. Topics addressed in this podcast include the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce, the … Read More

Podcast: Four Ways To The End: Pathways To Concluding A Divorce

In this episode of The Family Law Show, Jason Brown outlines the four ways in which the Court may conclude a divorce in Minnesota. Whether your case is contested, uncontested, settled, or requires a trial, certain procedural requirements must be met in order for the Court to execute a divorce decree. Topics addressed in this pocast include include pure default hearings, default hearings by agreement, in-chambers review and matters addressed … Read More

The Four Phases Of A Contested Divorce In Minnesota

About half the cases we handle are more contested divorces. These are marital dissolution cases in which the litigants don’t expect to reach agreement early and, instead, need the intervention of the court system in order to reach a resolution. These divorces typically involve four distinct segments. The first segment of work in a contested case involves the case workup. This is where we put together the initial pleadings in the case and … Read More