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Role of a Parenting Consultant

A Parenting Consultant (PC) has similar functions as a Parenting Time Expeditor (which we discussed in a previous post).  Parenting Consultants however, are not authorized by Minnesota Statute and are created solely on the basis of a contract.  Since there is no statutory authority for appointment of a parenting consultant, you cannot be court ordered … Read More

Financial Matters In Divorce

Sometimes when facing divorce, once the parties figure out custody and parenting time issues, the remaining issues seem to take care of themselves. However, some parties have a number of complex and difficult financial issues, like large debts, a variety of assets, or business ownership interests.  Still others have accumulated unique assets like original artworks, … Read More

Definition of a Karon Wavier & Nice-Petersen Standard

In addition to the endless acronyms, some of which we have provided a key for in a previous blog post, you may hear your family law attorney use other terms which leave you scratching your head.  Sometimes these terms are actually names of previous court cases which have been heard by the appellate courts and … Read More

A Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE)

A Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE) may be appointed to your case to deal with disputes over interpretation of your court order.  The parenting time expeditor was created by the legislature and has been authorized by Minnesota Statute §518.1751.  Since the parenting time expeditor is authorized by Minnesota Statute, you can have a PTE appointed to … Read More

Part. 2: Common Acronyms In A Family Law Case

Throughout the course of your Minnesota family law proceeding, you are likely to hear quite a few acronyms used by your family law attorney and by the Court.   Below is a key for Part. 2 of common acronyms you could come across in your family law case. ADR:  Alternative Dispute Resolution.  This is a general … Read More

Part. 1: Common Acronyms In A Family Law Case

Throughout the course of your Minnesota family law proceeding, you are likely to hear quite a few acronyms used by your family law attorney and by the Court.   Below is a key for some of these acronyms: ICMC:  Initial Case Management Conference.  This is the first acronym you are likely to hear because it’s often … Read More

What to Expect In A Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE)

Social Early Neutral Evaluation SENE or Custody and Parenting Time Evaluation CPENE (the name varies depending on which county you are participating in) is a form of evaluative alternative dispute resolution where you are given a neutral opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  SENE/CPENE is available in many counties throughout Minnesota.  The … Read More

What is an Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC) Anyway?

Unless you’ve been on jury duty or gone to court to fight a traffic ticket, you’re probably one of the majority of Minnesotans who’ve never had any contact with the courts, the court process, or even seen the inside of a courtroom.  So when your Minnesota Family Law attorney tells you there is an ICMC … Read More

Basics on Minnesota Child Custody

Probably the most frequently asked question of Minnesota family law lawyers is how Minnesota child custody laws work.  Most clients want sole or shared custody of the children, but they’re not really sure how it works or even what that means.  The first thing you need to know about Minnesota child custody is that there … Read More

News on Spousal Maintenance and Child Support Arrears

A recent article in the Bench and Bar reminds Minnesota family law attorneys that there are several ways to collect child support and spousal maintenance awards.  The article suggests that we not overlook something called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO).  This is an order that divides a party’s retirement benefits.  In other words, if you are … Read More