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Minnesota Appellate Court Divorce Mediation

The Minnesota Court of Appeals is currently operating a pilot project for appellate mediation in family law cases. The pilot program, which began in September 2008, is designed with the goal of decreasing the conflict levels for families, decreasing the costs to litigants and the court, and increasing efficiency and litigation satisfaction. The process is […]

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Emancipation of a Minor

“Emancipation” means that a minor has the same legal rights and obligations as an 18-year-old adult. It can also be “partial, conditional … or limited as to time or purpose.” Sonnenberg v. County of Hennepin, 99 N.W.2d 444, 447-448 (Minn. 1959). A minor can be emancipated by a legal marriage or by parental consent. Lundstrom […]

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Minnesota Adoption Basics | Adopting in MN

Required Consents An individual over 14 years of age may be adopted only if she or he consents. Minn. Stat. § 259.24, subd. 3 If an unmarried parent under age 18 wants to place a child for adoption, he or she must be offered consultation with an attorney, clergy, or physician before consenting to the […]

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Minnesota Child Support Basics

All Parents If a parent consents to have a child reside with an individual or entity other than the parent, or if the child does so by court order, the parent can be required to pay support for the child. Minn. Stat. § 256.87, subd. 5 A parent who is financially able to support a […]

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Youth and the Law in Minnesota

Minnesota law makes many distinctions between the rights and responsibilities of adults and young persons. Part 1 describes the major statutory and case law that differentiates between youths and adults. These provisions are divided into the areas of economic regulations, education, family relations, health and social services, motor vehicles, and criminal law. There is a […]

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Minnesota Minors | Property Rights of Children and Teens

The following laws apply to minors in Minnesota. The following information and education, but is not legal advice. When faced with a legal issues, you should talk with an attorney. Control of a Minor’s Earnings or Property Minor’s Contracts A parent or guardian may claim a minor’s wages by notifying the minor’s employer. Otherwise, the […]

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How Self-Employment or Business Income Affects Child Support in MN

INCOME FROM SELF-EMPLOYMENT OR OPERATION OF A BUSINESS One of the most complicated tasks in calculating child support involves computing income when one of the parents is self-employed. In these types of situations, a different formula is used to determine a parent’s income for child support purposes. Income from self-employment or operation of a business, […]

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Division of Marital Property

Division of Property After a Divorce A major source of confusion for many family law clients concerns the division of marital assets. A frequent question arises when one spouse claims that the other spouse is not entitled to be awarded a specific piece of property simply because the property is titled in only one spouse’s […]

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Divorce: What Are My Rights Before It Is Final?

Many people wonder what laws or rules govern the relationship between the parties once a divorce action is commenced by service of the Summons and Petition, but before the final divorce decree is entered. To many parties, it may seem as though they are “limbo land” mentally and emotionally until the divorce is finalized, but […]

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Grandparent Visitation in Minnesota

I sometimes receive questions regarding what rights, if any, grandparents have with respect to visitation with their grandchild. For example, when a parent dies, some grandparents worry that they will not have an opportunity to establish a meaningful relationship (or any relationship at all) with their grandchild because their surviving son-in-law or daughter-in-law may prevent […]

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