By

Mike Lammers
In Minnesota there are orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. Although both protect an individual from another who is considered to be a danger, they are very different. An order for protection, or OFP, is a document that is signed by a judge. This document tells an alleged abuser to stop abusing the individual...
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An initial case management conference (ICMC) is the initial meeting with the judge for divorcing couples. By allowing the judge to have early intervention in the process, proper communication can be engaged between the parties so that a resolution can be reached in the case. The judge also gets a feel for the case through...
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You may have been happy with your divorce decree a few years ago when the judge issued it, but circumstances change, making the decree impractical or unworkable for you and your ex-spouse. When this happens, you need to ask the court for a post-decree modification. You will need a knowledgeable Minnesota family law attorney to...
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In some Minnesota courts, family law cases may be assigned to either a judge or a referee.  This is especially the case in the Second Judicial District (Ramsey County) and the Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County). Although appearing before a referee tends to be similar to appearing before a judge, there are subtle differences that...
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The parties in a Minnesota family law matter are the Petitioner (the party bringing the action) and the Respondent (the party responding to the action). The Respondent has several options for responding to an action.  If the action is for paternity or custody, the Respondent has 20 days to file an answer.  An answer is...
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Divorce Mortgages
With the state of the economy today many people are dividing up debt rather than assets in divorce. One of the biggest decisions divorcing parties must make is what to do with their home. It is more difficult these days for one party to qualify for a mortgage or to refinance a home than it was a few...
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Child Support
When it comes to child support, an IV-D case is a case in which a parent has assigned the government certain rights to child support because the parent receives public assistance or the parent has applied for child support services under title IV-D of the Social Security Act. Child support services that are provided by IV-D...
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Adoption
Heimerl & Lammers is proud to announce the growth of our adoption and juvenile practice! Attorney Bria Walling and paralegal Amanda Bean are the mainstays of our adoption and juvenile practice, handling all types of adoption cases, including: direct placement, agency, foster parent, relative, stepparent, adult, contested, and interstate adoptions, as well as CHIPS and...
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Pretrial Hearing Family Court
A pretrial (also known as a prehearing) is the hearing that you have before the trial in family law court.  There are several different matters that can be dealt with at the pretrial, including: Scheduling the date of the trial Setting up deadlines for witness and exhibit lists Setting up deadlines for discovery issues Identifying any...
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Parenting Plan
A parenting plan is a contract that parents can enter into (or request the Court to create) in lieu of a typical custody and parenting time order. The purpose of a parenting plan is to mitigate the amount of conflict that can arise between parents when custody and parenting time is an issue. Unlike a...
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