Category Archives: Property Division

What to look forward to at mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods

September 8, 2016

There are other ways of coming to agreements with your ex-spouse outside of court intervention. In Minnesota, parties can choose from a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution options. The most common three are social early neutral evaluations (“SENE”), financial early neutral evaluations (“FENE”), and mediations (facilitative or evaluative). SENE SENEs, or Custody and Parenting

Property Division 101: Marital vs. Non-marital property

July 22, 2016

Divorce isn’t just the end of a marital union, but also the separation of two entire lives, including the property that makes up the couple’s marital estate. The goal of any divorce proceeding is a just and equitable division of all marital property. In many cases, an equitable property division means an equal division of debts and

Social Media Advice during Divorce

April 28, 2016

Reviewing and analyzing opposing party’s e-mails, text messages, Facebook posts, Tweets, etc. is part of a family law attorney’s daily job. Strewn about printouts of these posts and Tweets account for much of the paper stacked up on my desk. Every day, I review the printouts to help later prove physical, mental, or social health

A Blog Post For All Those Snowbirds in Warmer Climates This Season

February 23, 2016

Written By: Associate Attorney, Alison Grafsgaard A recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling about Minnesota residency may carry a hefty price tag for so-called Snowbirds who change their domicile in a given year. As the Minnesota Star Tribune reported, “[t]he 4-3 opinion, in the case of a Minnetonka couple, sharply defined what the justices described as

Marital vs. Nonmarital Property

February 17, 2016

Written By: Associate Attorney, Micaela Wattenbarger One of the more confusing issues in family law is how property is divided upon divorce. In Minnesota, property is divided “equitably”, which is not the same as “equally”, though they often have a similar result. What makes property division particularly complicated is that some items are considered “nonmarital”

Finding the right family attorney for you: what to look for and what should be at the top of your list

January 28, 2016

By: Associate Attorney, Alison Grafsgaard, Esq. Over two million Americans get divorced every year, many of whom have never stepped foot in a courtroom or been involved in litigation. This hurdle, coupled with high emotion inaugurates an interesting and complex relationship between an attorney and his or her client. Building a cooperative relationship from the outset

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