When Can a Child Pick the Parent with Whom They Want to Live?

One common misconception in child custody hearings is that the child will get to decide, at least at some point, the parent with whom they choose to live. While this choice is taken into consideration around the age of 12 or 13, depending on their level of maturity, this, in ...

2022-05-24T13:18:56-05:00May 24, 2022|Categories: Child Custody|Tags: |

Three Ways a Parenting Consultant Is Removed

Parenting consultants (PCs) are commonly appointed in Minnesota family cases to make decisions and resolve disputes. PCs serve as a neutral third party, after the issue of a divorce decree, that makes decisions regarding parenting time. A court order is created and must be signed by both parents. Once completed, ...

2022-05-17T09:08:03-05:00May 17, 2022|Categories: Child Custody|Tags: , |

When is a Gifted Down Payment Non-marital?

Division of property in a divorce is expected. Marital assets are divided in a manner that is considered fair and equitable to both parties. Non-marital assets, however, are typically not divided. Deciding what can be deemed non-marital assets can become a little murky for divorcing couples, which is why it ...

2022-04-28T14:13:08-05:00April 28, 2022|Categories: Divorce|

Partner Jenna Eisenmenger Wins Adoption Trial

Partner Jenna Eisenmenger recently won a contested adoption trial for a foster family who had cared for the toddler since the child was an infant. Those contesting the adoption were relatives caring for a biological sibling, both unknown to the child. There are many challenges when an adoption is contested ...

2022-04-26T15:54:03-05:00April 26, 2022|Categories: Adoption|

Changes May Make It Easier to Untangle Student Loan Debt in Divorce

In Minnesota, as in other states, when a married couple divorces, each person takes their own student loan debt with them. Student loan debt is generally considered non-marital debt and, as such, is not equitably divided upon divorce as marital debts and assets would be. The idea behind this general ...

2022-04-19T14:49:02-05:00April 19, 2022|Categories: Divorce|

What Goes into Changing Venue in a Divorce Case

A question we sometimes get from our clients is whether they can change venue in their divorce case to another county. There are many reasons a client might want a change of venue. Often, it is based on change in residence. The short answer is, yes, it is possible to ...

2022-04-15T08:44:34-05:00April 15, 2022|Categories: Divorce|

Bill May End Fees for Some Post-Divorce Name Changes

In Minnesota, people can change their legal name through marriage, divorce/legal separation, or by petitioning for a name change action in state district court. Regardless of whether you change your legal name through marriage, divorce/legal separation, or through a name change action, you are required to do specific things. The ...

2022-04-12T14:17:45-05:00April 12, 2022|Categories: Divorce|

Parenting Consultant vs. Parenting Time Expeditor – What’s the Difference?

A parenting consultant (“PC”) and a parenting time expeditor (“PTE”) are both professionals who work with families to help resolve parenting time disputes, in lieu of bringing such issues directly to a judge. Both are often much less expensive than going to court and are great resources to utilize for ...

2022-04-01T15:48:49-05:00April 1, 2022|Categories: Parenting Time|

Attorneys Join the Heimerl & Lammers Team

Heimerl & Lammers announces the additions of attorneys Lauren Schnobrich and Ingrid Wahlquist to its growing legal team. Lauren Schnobrich joins Heimerl & Lammers as the newest member of the Family Law team. Her practice consists of family law, probate, and estate planning matters. Lauren has practiced family law and ...

2022-02-11T13:56:07-06:00February 10, 2022|Categories: