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18
Jun

Tips for Responding to a Family Law Matter in Minnesota

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
11
Jun

Minnesota Home Mortgages & Divorce

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
04
Jun

IV-D System – Child Support when the County is Involved

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
23
May

Announcing the Growth of Our Adoption & Juvenile Practice

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
20
May

A Guide to Pretrial (Prehearing) in Minnesota Family Law 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
14
May

How to Create a Parenting Plan that Works

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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06
May

Tips for Handling Modification of Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

Whether you are the paying or receiving party, a change in your circumstances might warrant a modification of spousal maintenance. When this happens, you will need a family law attorney who listens and maps out a plan to meet your legal needs. Spousal Maintenance Modification Lawyers in Minnesota The party seeking the spousal maintenance modification...
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27
Oct

Responding to a Divorce Petition in Minnesota

Responding to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage can be just as important as initiating the process, because it can preserve your rights—especially if you are unrepresented. It is common in Minnesota when both parties are represented to “skip” answering the petition entirely. However, if you are unrepresented, you can expect to prepare, file, and...
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26
Oct

Initiating a Divorce Petition in Minnesota

From my perspective, filing for divorce is a relatively simple and form-driven process. I understand, however, that the decision to file for divorce is an entirely different story. If you are considering filing for divorce or find yourself in a position where you are responding to a Summons and Petition, then my hope is to provide a...
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