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What does Stay at Home Mean for Your Parenting Time Order

There are a lot of questions about parenting time and the directive for Minnesotans to stay home because of COVID-19. Minnesota Governor Waltz's Emergency Executive Order dated March 25, 2020 is clear that parenting time should continue as court ordered. Families can of course make other agreed upon arrangements for exchanging their children. Continue using social distancing when exchanging your children. If a family member is ill in one household speak with the other parent to make different arrangements that does not put the child at risk. Take this opportunity to co-parent and model for your children that both parents are on the same page about the child's well-being during these challenging times.

The Impact of a Peacetime Emergency on Family Court Hearings

The Governor declared a peacetime emergency on March 13, 2020, which placed restrictions on public activities because of the Coronavirus. This declaration impacted the Court system. As a result, we are receiving questions from clients in family law about their scheduled court hearings and mediations. There have been two orders in the last week from the Court that impact family law matters in the court system.

Managing Parenting Time with COVID-19

If you abide by a court-ordered parenting time schedule, you may be wondering what impact the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak or a potential government-mandated lockdown will have on your normal parenting time schedule. Keep in mind that, given this unprecedented situation, there has not been time for judges to issue much guidance. However, here are some general guidelines to follow:

What financial documents are needed in a divorce case?

Divorce in Minnesota requires a husband and a wife to fully disclose their assets and liabilities. This means that you need to collect financial documents such as checking and savings account statements, tax records, credit card statements, other debt invoices, retirement and pension benefit reports, pay checks and bonuses, stock and bond statements, investment records, mortgage notes, bank loans, medical bills, inheritance records, health and dental insurance costs, life insurance values, property tax statements, home appraisals, automobile and recreational vehicle values, jewelry assessments, tool values, and business records and then disclose these documents with your spouse during the divorce process. It is also helpful to create a list of the more valuable assets in the home that are marital and non-marital in nature. Some individuals find it helpful to take pictures and/or video of the assets that are in the marital home for record keeping purposes. Gathering this information up front will not only better prepare you for the divorce process, it will assist your divorce attorney in being a better advocate for you as you proceed through your divorce matter.

Am I Responsible for My Spouse's Debt After We Divorce?

The financial aspects of divorce can be contentious. Two people shared their lives together, including purchases, bills, and debts. People often focus on the division of assets during divorce proceedings, which is certainly an important element. However, the determining who's responsible for household debts is just as important.

A Quick Overview of Minnesota Child Custody Laws

Many situations exist in which adults in Minnesota find themselves grappling with the legal and practical complexities of child custody matters. Thankfully, although custody laws vary from state to state, Minnesota child custody laws are typically straightforward and aim to operate as fairly as possible.

Home for the holidays: Divorced parents and custody conflicts

The holidays are supposed to be a joyful and festive time when you forget about your woes and simply enjoy time with friends and family. Unfortunately, all too often, the realities of divorce and separation can interfere with the carefree spirit of this time of year, leaving parents and children alike feeling frustrated and left out in the cold.

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