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September 2014 Archives

Government cracks down on identity theft operations

Today, it seems there are almost daily reports about some corporation or financial institution being hacked. From Minneapolis' own Target Corp. to JPMorgan and Home Depot, hackers are taking aim at U.S. corporations and making off with sensitive data including the personal identifying and financial information of customers.

Allegations of domestic violence can inhibit parent's access to child

Divorce and child custody cases can grow increasingly complicated when one spouse accuses the other of committing acts related to domestic violence. In cases where an individual is accused of domestic violence or abuse, it's important to understand the legal process involved in these types of cases as well as the potential impact on a divorce or child custody case.

Why is it important to establish paternity in Minnesota?

When a child is born to a woman who is not married, she automatically has sole child custody rights. This is true even in cases where a child's father and mother are in a committed relationship, living together, the father's name is on the child's birth certificate and he plans to raise and emotionally and financially support the child.

The link between brain injuries and aggression

It's fall in Minnesota and that means Vikings fans are proudly donning their purple and gold as they cheer on their team. Unfortunately, the start of this NFL football season has been marred by the alleged crimes of two star running backs, the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Rice and the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson.

After years of marriage, how to succeed post divorce

Today's twenty-somethings have very different views about and attitudes toward marriage than their counterparts 30 years ago. Many individuals age 50 and older married and started families in their early twenties. After years spent struggling financially and raising children, some empty nesters come to realize they no longer have much or anything in common with a husband or wife.

Domestic violence charges and role of diversionary programs

On Feb. 15, 2014, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancé Janay Palmer were arrested after being involved in a domestic altercation that resulted in Rice initially being charged with simple assault. In the wake of his arrest, hotel video surveillance footage surfaced that showed Rice dragging Palmer, who appeared to be unconscious, from a hotel elevator.

How is child support calculated in Minnesota?

Under Minnesota law, children have the right to receive support from both parents, and financial support in the form of child support may be ordered by the court. A child's parent or a guardian, such as a grandparent, has the right to request child support. Additionally, the county attorney's office may start a case when parents are not living together or married and either parent is receiving public assistance.

Divorce mediation provides alternative to traditional divorce

For many couples who wish to divorce the idea of going through a traditional courtroom divorce is not appealing. While litigation and court intervention is often necessary in many divorces, some couples may prefer and benefit from divorce mediation.

Divorce disputes over pet ownership becoming more common

Americans love their pets. For many pet owners, a dog or cat provides companionship and unconditional love. What's more, aside from food, water and the occasional scratch behind the ear, a dog or cat doesn't ask for much in return. It's no wonder, therefore, that a recent poll conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that divorce cases involving pet custody disputes are increasing.

Visitation rights of grandparents

Grandparents in Minnesota who have been denied access to their grandchildren may be interested to learn what rights they have. Although laws vary from state to state, every state will allow grandparents to petition the court for the right to see their grandchildren. How easily these visitation rights are granted will depend greatly on whether the state has permissive visitation statutes or restrictive visitation statutes.

For registered sex offenders, punishment may last a lifetime

A recent article on our website discusses Minnesota's sentencing requirements with regard to sex crimes. Also discussed are the qualifying criteria that make up the three levels of Minnesota's sex offender registry. In Minnesota, frequently individuals who are convicted of a crime that is deemed to be sexual in nature are required to register with the state as a sex offender. This wasn't, however, always the case and today some question the effectiveness of sex offender registries and whether they ultimately serve to help or harm society as a whole. 

Helping a child cope with the many changes divorce brings

Divorce and change go hand-in-hand. For parents who are unhappy in a marriage, many of the changes that accompany divorce are welcomed. For a child, however, the many changes that accompany divorce can be both difficult to understand and adjust to.

Understanding ex parte child custody motions in Minnesota

Minnesota parents who are dealing with child custody issues may be interested in the rules surrounding emergency custody-related court hearings. These hearings do not require notice to the other party, but they are subject to strict requirements.

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