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Dissipation of Assets and Divorce in Minnesota

For most divorcing couples, property division is one of the most challenging and contentious issues that they need to resolve. Under Minnesota state law (MN Statutes Sec. 518.58), marital property is divided in an ‘equitable’ manner—meaning it will be divided fairly, which is not always a 50-50 split.  What happens if one spouse is spending...

Bail and Bond in Minnesota: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Unfortunately, a reality of the legal system is that things take time. No one wants to find themselves sitting in a jail cell waiting for their day in court. In some cases, defendants are simply released until the date of their next hearing. ...

A Guide to Minnesota’s Child Relocation Laws

One question many divorced/separated parents have asked: Can I move my child out of state? The short answer is ‘yes’—but only when you follow the proper procedures. If you have shared legal custody or your former partner has visitation rights, Minnesota law prevents you from simply packing up and moving out of state.  Before you...

An Overview of Sex Offender Registration Requirements in Minnesota

If you were arrested for a sex offense, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced defense attorney right away. Along with the strict criminal penalties, sex crimes carry a deep stigma. A conviction could follow you for decades, or even longer.  In Minnesota, sex crimes convictions often require registration as a sex offender....

Divorce in Minnesota: What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)?

For many couples in Minnesota, retirement plans and retirement savings are among their most valuable financial assets. Yet, during divorce, these benefits are easy to overlook. Worse yet, divorcing couples sometimes divide retirement assets in a way that subjects them to avoidable early withdrawal fees and other tax penalties.  Fortunately, there is a solution available....

Four Things You Need to Know About Military Divorce in Minnesota

Serving in the military can put stress on a servicemember and their family. In the event of a divorce, there are some unique challenges and issues that should be considered and addressed. Our law firm understands the complexities and nuances of military divorce. Here, our Mankato military divorce lawyers highlight four key things that military...

What to Do If Your Child Gets Arrested in Minnesota

Young people, especially teenagers, make mistakes. In some cases, these errors in judgment end up in the criminal justice system. According to data provided by the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget, approximately 21,000 juveniles are arrested in the state each year.  Many, but not all, of these arrests, result in a juvenile court filing. ...

Child Custody in Minnesota: An Overview of the Best Interests of the Child Standard

In Minnesota, child custody determinations are made by determining what is best for the child. Courts are focused on protecting a child’s safety and well-being, so parental desires will always be a secondary consideration. Here, our Mankato child custody attorneys provide an overview of the factors that Minnesota family law judges use to determine what...

What Happens If You Violate Probation in Minnesota?

Probation is a period of supervised release that can last anywhere from a few months to several decades. When a person is on probation, it is imperative that they strictly adhere to the specific requirements and guidelines that have been outlined in their probation order. If fail they to do so, there could be very...