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What You Should Know about Supervised Visitation

 Most of the time, when parents have visitation, they have the child during their scheduled time, and they can watch movies, eat, work on homework, and whatever else they feel like doing, unsupervised. But some visitation arrangements aren’t like that. Sometimes, a court order requires another adult to supervise the parenting time. This is sometimes...
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Home Studies for Minnesota Adoptions

Home Studies are required for adoptions, including those by a relative, foster care to adoption, and private adoptions. No matter what type of adoption you decide to move forward with, like all adoptive families in Minnesota, you must first be approved to adopt through a Minnesota-licensed home study provider. Home studies in Minnesota are done...
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Open Adoptions and Closed Adoptions

A few generations ago, when someone was adopted, information about the birth parents was usually wholly unknown. Adoptions were closed. Today, it’s estimated that only 5 percent of adoptions are closed. “That means that 95 percent of today’s adoptions involve some level of openness, whether they are mediated, fully open, or somewhere in between.”[1] What...
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How to Serve Divorce Papers

To begin the divorce process, you will need to have your spouse served with a summons and petition. This ensures that they know your intentions to divorce them and what you are asking for from the courts. While it may seem easy enough to have someone served, there are many ways that the process can...
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Fault vs. No-Fault Divorce

Fault vs. No-Fault Divorce can be confusing. Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. What does that mean? What is the difference between fault and no-fault divorce? Grounds for divorce This is the difference between fault and no-fault divorce. With fault divorce, the person who is filing for divorce is saying it is their spouse’s fault...
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What is a Parenting Consultant

A Parenting Consultant (PC) is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Their role was created by Minnesota Court Rule 114.02(a)(10), which allows parties to develop an alternative dispute resolution process. How Disputes Arise A Parenting Consultant works with your family on an ongoing basis to resolve disputes such as parenting time and decisions about where...
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Child Custody & Child Support During COVID-19

Child custody arrangements are often the most challenging aspect of a divorce case. While it is never ideal, joint child custody is usually the best way that the child can spend time with both parents. Now, COVID-19 is causing many to question if the changed circumstances we all are facing should also change these custody...
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COVID-19 and Divorce in Minnesota

Covid-19 and Divorce are topics that have become very familiar in the past few months in Minnesota and globally. University of Washington associate sociology professor Julie Brines, and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini, examined divorce rates in Washington for 14-years. Between the years of 2001 and 2015, divorce rates were much higher in March and August....
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Prenuptial Agreements in Minnesota

When planning a wedding, the happy couple will think of the dress, the cake, and the officiant. Other things that should be considered, as well. What will happen in the event of a divorce? Who will get what assets? Is Aunt Tilly’s china at risk of being divided up, or worse, awarded to your spouse...
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