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April 2015 Archives

Constitutionality of penalties imposed on sex offenders called into question

In this blog, we've previously highlighted concerns about the constitutionality of Minnesota's Sex Offender Program. Perhaps more than any other convicted offenders, those convicted of sex crimes face some of the most punitive and intrusive of all penalties.

When it comes to real estate in divorce—the details matter

Most Minnesota residents would likely count a family home among their most valuable assets. It's no wonder then that, in cases where an individual is going through a divorce, questions related to a previously shared home and the division of real estate often weigh heavily on one's mind.

Report reveals lack of transparency in MPD stop-and-frisk activities

In recent years and months, there's been a lot of debate over the actions of law enforcement officials in many U.S. cities and communities. Upon being sworn into service, police officers throughout the country vow to protect and serve everyday citizens. Given the important role that law enforcement officers play in keeping our communities safe, it's critical that they have the trust and respect of those they vow to serve and protect.

Financial infidelity can lead to divorce

When you get married, you and your spouse combine your lives together. What this looks like is dependent on the couple, but many end up blending families, friendships and finances. All too often though, it's this last one -- the finances -- that end up leading to trouble in the marriage. 

Study links strong genetic component to sex offender behaviors

For decades now, medical researchers have been mapping the human genome and conducting human trials of genetic testing. As a result, today an individual who fears that he or she may develop the same deadly form of cancer as a parent can undergo genetic testing. Increasingly, scientists are also studying and examining the role that genetics may play in influencing human behavior.

Will an improved economy mean more divorces?

It's been roughly seven years since the major economic collapse occurred that is now widely known as the Great Recession of 2008. When the housing market tanked, banks followed along with other national and global markets. Companies went out of business, people lost their jobs and the entire nation braced for the difficult economic times that followed.

What happens after paternity is established?

For unwed parents, we've previously discussed the importance of establishing paternity. For a mother, having a signed Recognition of Parentage means that she can file for child support and obtain financial assistance in raising a child. For an unwed father, taking steps to establish paternity and sign a ROP means that he is legally recognized as a child's father. A signed ROP does not, however, automatically grant a father any child custody rights.

Bill aims to help individuals who use marijuana for medical purposes

Last year, Minnesota became the 22nd state to pass legislation legalizing the medical use of marijuana. In a few short months, on July 1, the law will go into effect and individuals diagnosed with qualifying medical conditions will be able to legally obtain and use the drug in oil, pill or liquid form.

Proposed bill promises Minnesotans a better way to divorce

Traditionally, divorce in the United States has been regarded as a contentious and divisive process where there are definite winners and losers. Unfortunately, frequently when divorce is approached this way, ex-spouses and shared children often all end up losing. While alternative means, like mediation, to a traditional litigious divorce exist, only a small percentage of Minnesotans who file for divorce choose this route.

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