Changes to Minnesota Divorce Procedures
Minnesota divorce courts continue to operate during the shutdown. The courthouses themselves are closed, except for a very few "super high priority" cases. The current order issued by the Minnesota chief justice has the courthouses closed until May 18, 2020. But divorce cases themselves are proceeding. The only thing that has changes is "how." Before [...]
It is important that you understand the Early Neutral Evaluation process in order to have the greatest chance of being successful in your divorce case.
At Fiskum Law Office, P.A., we can amend your divorce decree after you have already been divorced, so that it addresses parenting time problems and other issues that have arisen after the divorce. Please feel free to call attorney Daniel Fiskum, Esq., at (952) 270-7700 to schedule a free case analysis.
As I have written about in the past, mediation is an important component of the divorce process in Minnesota courts. There is also another process that is similar, but different. This process is known as "Early Neutral Evaluation." What is the difference? In mediation, the role of the mediator is to help the parties reach [...]
When you are getting divorced, it is important to pay attention to income tax returns. Often, it makes sense financially for a divorcing couple to file a joint income tax return for the preceding year. Before you sign a joint return, you need to verify that your spouse has accurately reported his or her income. [...]
Occasionally someone contacts me about divorcing a spouse who is abusing alcohol or drugs. They would like to keep the proceeding "amicable," but at the same time they are concerned that their spouse might receive inappropriate parenting time, meaning that their child might be left alone with a drug-using or actively-alcoholic spouse. They are concerned [...]
If you have been following the Minnesota news, you know that the Minnesota state government is going to shut down on July 1 because of lack of funding. Only essential services will remain open. This includes prisons, state mental hospital, and, fortunately, aid to local governments. For now, the Minnesota court system is deemed "essential." [...]
Generally, I am in favor of settling cases amicably, when ever that is possible. There is a saying among lawyers and judges that a bad settlement is often better than a good decision from the court. In part, this is because it is impossible for the court, after a contested trial, to draft an order [...]
My recent blog post on the future of divorce in Minnesota has received a lot of attention. I am hopeful that the folks at the Minnesota state legislature understand the severe economic pressure that the Minnesota court system is under. While I like to remain apolitical in this blog, it is nonetheless true that the [...]
Often I am asked about the circumstances under which a divorced parent can modify the parenting time arrangement that they have with their ex-spouse. Modification can be needed for a variety of reasons - people change jobs, children get older and get involved in more extra-curricular activities, people have either more time or less time [...]