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December 2014 Archives

How are decisions related to child custody made?

For any parent, divorce presents many questions and concerns about the wellbeing and living arrangements of a shared child. Even in cases where divorcing parents are on good terms, matters related to child custody are highly emotional and stressful. Parents ultimately want what's best for their child and also want to protect a child from experiencing unnecessary pain and heartache.

Minneapolis area man claims self-defense and escapes lengthy sentence

It's been more than four months since a 47-year-old Minneapolis area man suffered fatal injuries after falling into oncoming traffic. The circumstances of the man's death have been the subject of much examination and debate as witnesses claimed the deceased was pushed by a 41-year-old man who was subsequently arrested and faced charges related to causing the man’s death.

Things to know before drafting and executing a prenuptial agreement: part III

In our last blog post, we discussed how a prenuptial agreement can be used to help protect financial interests an individual brings to a marriage or inherits during a marriage in the event he or she subsequently divorces.

Things to know before drafting and executing a prenuptial agreement: part II

In our last post, we discussed some of the reasons behind an apparent national increase in the number of couples opting to complete prenuptial agreements prior to tying the knot. In this post, we'll discuss some of the things that a prenuptial can and cannot be used to accomplish as well as actions that may lead to a prenup being deemed invalid.

Things to know before drafting and executing a prenuptial agreement: part I

Fifty or more years ago, both U.S. men and women tended to get married and start families at a younger age. For example, the U.S. Census reports that in 1950 the median age for a woman to marry was 20 and for a man, was 24. Fast-forward to 2010 and the median age for a first marriage is 27 for U.S. women and roughly 28 for U.S. men. Numerous factors are likely contributing to the fact that more men and women are waiting longer to marry.

When it comes to Fourth Amendment protections, exceptions may apply

When it comes to protecting the personal rights and freedoms of individuals in the United States, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of our most important legal protections. Under the Fourth Amendment, individuals are "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" from the government.

Minneapolis patrol officers to participate in pilot body camera program

In recent months, there has been much anger and debate in the U.S. about the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The African-American teenager’s death stemmed from a confrontation with a police officer who some contend used excessive force.

Upon establishing paternity, how can a father gain physical custody rights to a child?

Back in August we discussed how unwed fathers can establish paternity and legal rights to a child. As we discussed in our post, unwed fathers have no legal rights to a biological child unless and until they go through the legal process of establishing paternity. Once paternity has been established, either voluntarily by both parents or by a court order, a father may file a petition seeking child custody or visitation rights.

Minneapolis residents with child custody issues need a strong legal advocate

Relationships change and evolve over time. This is especially true when it comes to the relationship between spouses. Financial difficulties, raising children and job responsibilities are just a few of the many issues that can add stress to and lead to the breakdown of a marriage. In cases where a spouse is unfaithful, has a drug or alcohol problem or where spouses simply discover they have less and less in common; a marriage is likely to be unhealthy and spouses unhappy.

Are Minnesota employers allowed to question job applicants about criminal background?

There's a saying that to err is human. There have likely been times in all of our lives when we experience lapses in judgment or found ourselves in a difficult situation. The great thing about human beings is our ability to learn from mistakes and change our behaviors accordingly.

Divorce and protecting inherited assets

Many married couples argue over money. A couple may struggle with debt, one spouse may disapprove of the other's spending habits or spouses may argue over how to invest their assets. Regardless of the actual argument, when money is involved, things can grow heated quickly.

Defending against drug possession charges

Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroine and ecstasy are all considered illegal or illicit drugs. State and federal drug laws often carry stiff penalties for individuals found in possession of these types of illegal drugs or in possession of paraphernalia or other chemicals or materials believed to be associated with the cultivation, manufacturing, sale or distribution of these types of drugs.

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