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Stimulus Payments and Child Support: Everything Parents Should Know

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government passed a $2.2 trillion economic support package. Within the legislation is a provision to provide direct payments (stimulus payments) to qualifying adults.  Recently, state and federal agencies have clarified how overdue child support will affect these payments. In this article, our Mankato child support lawyers highlight...

Four Things DWI Defense Attorneys Want You to Know

Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges filed in our state. The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety reports that 24,862 DWI arrests were made in 2017 alone. While prosecutors have experience handling many DWI cases, most drivers are simply not well-acquainted with the system. As a consequence, people sometimes make avoidable mistakes...

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...

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. ...