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June 2014 Archives

The consequences of a DWI conviction in Minnesota

Many Minnesota residents have either personally or likely know someone who has been arrested or convicted of a DWI. It can happen to almost anyone. Say, for example, you're at a friend's house for a barbeque. Within the span of three hours, you may have two to three beers as you eat dinner and hang out.

Unwed fathers fight for paternity rights and access to children

During the 1950s, the traditional American family consisted of a father, mother and two to three children. Today, a so-called traditional American family is much more difficult to define or describe. A family may consist of two married men who adopt a child or two unmarried women who choose to have a child via a sperm donor. There are also more couples having children out of wedlock than ever. Given the changing landscape of what constitutes as a traditional family, family courts around the country must also change how they view and approach issues related to parental rights.

Divorcees would be wise to take steps to protect against a vengeful ex

Individuals going through the divorce process may be dealing with a variety of feelings and emotions. In some cases, feelings of anger and betrayal dominate and lead a spouse to take actions meant to harm a soon-to-be ex-wife or ex-husband mentally, emotionally and financially.

The modern shift in parenting roles

Divorcing fathers in Minnesota may be nervous about what is in store for them in terms of a child custody judgment. Although research has begun to show that men's involvement in their children's lives can help their children's development, family law courts are still traditionally seen as being more favorable to mothers.

Seven Minneapolis-area residents indicted on federal fraud charges

Within the last decade, reports of and stories related to identity theft have become common. Today, law enforcement investigators have developed sophisticated means of identifying and tracking the actions of individuals believed to be involved in identity theft and fraud cases.

When dividing property in a divorce, it pays to be informed

In any divorce, matters related to the division of property and marital assets can be confusing and anxiety-producing. Thankfully, provisions related to how assets are to be divided and distributed are largely dictated by state laws. For example, Minnesota is considered an equitable distribution state. Therefore, the property and assets of a divorcing Minnesota couple are to be split as equally as possible.

What role will medical marijuana laws play in custody cases?

Illegal drug use is a factor that can be brought into child custody disputes. Marijuana is considered a controlled substance for everyone on the federal level and for most people on the state level in Minnesota. Lawmakers recently enacted legislation that would make medical marijuana in the oil and pill forms legal for some residents in the state.

Despite statistics, stereotype of deadbeat dad persists

This Sunday, millions of fathers across the U.S. will celebrate Father's Day. The relationship between a father and son or daughter is a special one for which there is no substitute. In the case of divorced fathers, today many are awarded joint physical and legal custody of a child or children. Additionally, many fathers financially support and provide for their child through monthly child support payments.

Mental illness often undiagnosed and untreated in juvenile suspects

The sheer number of recent violent U.S. juvenile crimes have become the center of much heartache, outrage and debate. As politicians argue over gun laws, schools take steps to protect against possible violent acts and Minnesota parents worry every time their children are out of sight; the serious mental and emotional problems suffered by many U.S. juveniles continue to go undiagnosed and untreated.

Cash reserves to cover unpaid support aren't always available

Child support is a vital resource for many parents in Minneapolis and across the entire state of Minnesota. Unfortunately, not all child support obligations are met on a consistent basis, whether that is intentional or not. Although child support orders are determined on the basis of the child’s interests, parents rely on this money.

Divorce and child custody matters require maturity and compromise

Some of the most heart-wrenching issues all divorcing parents with young children must face are those related to child custody. Some parents immediately take a hard stance when it comes to attempting to win child custody. While a parent may be granted primary custody in cases where one parent has a documented history of substance abuse or domestic violence, in most cases Minnesota courts attempt to ensure that both parents are given the opportunity to play an active and equal role in a child's life.

Brides and grooms nearing or in retirement wold be wise to protect assets

According to a recent report by National Public Radio, divorce rates among individuals over the age of 50 have dramatically increased in recent decades. In fact today a man or woman who is age 50 or older is two times as likely to divorce as his or her counterpart 20 years ago. There are many factors contributing to the so-called gray divorce phenomenon including longer life expectancies and the fact that more women work and have financial independence.

After 12 years in prison, retest of DNA evidence sets man free

In cases involving allegations of sexual assault or rape, all information and evidence pertaining to a case must be thoroughly investigated and examined. Today, many sex crimes investigations rely heavily upon DNA evidence. However, even in cases where DNA evidence is available, mistakes in analyzing DNA evidence can occur.

300 grandparents celebrate their right to see their grandchild

This year, Grandparents Day was held in April. It was celebrated by many, including those that attend Bethel University. The entire day was dedicated to the bond that grandparents share with their grandchildren. From the opening remarks by President Jay Barnes to the campus tours that the families walked together, the focus was on those with immeasurable life experience.

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