In order to have standing to proceed with a marriage dissolution in Minnesota, the petitioning party must have resided (or been domiciled) in Minnesota for at least 180 days. When gay marriage was legalized in Minnesota, however, a new exception to that rule emerged. The reason for the exception is the fact that there are… Read more »
Posts By: Gerald Williams
The point of going to see a documentary at a movie theatre is to blend entertainment with getting some insight into the documentary’s topic, right? Divorce Corp. is neither entertaining nor insightful. But it probably is not surprising to hear me express that point of view, since Divorce Corp. is meant to be an exposé of the… Read more »
As an attorney, I have been involved in countless parenting disputes, mediations and evaluations in which the issue of a child’s preference is considered, or ruled out, as a factor. The Minnesota custody statute sets forth the child’s preference as a factor to be considered, “if the court deems the child to be of sufficient… Read more »
Domestic violence causes the end of many marriages. When the breaking point comes, it often involves a restraining order. In many cases, the breakup is triggered by an incident in which someone calls 911. But in some cases, especially when minor children are involved, it is preferable to avoid a restraining order and/or a 911… Read more »
The Mayo Clinic has adopted a policy requiring gay employees to get married to stay eligible for health insurance. The Clinic has offered same sex benefits for years, and when gay marriage was not legal, it stood to reason that the employee would not have to be married. Now, with gay marriage legal, the requirement… Read more »
When child support is calculated in accord with the guidelines of Minnesota statutes, both parents’ incomes are considered. The statute provides a table for the basic amount of support that children need, based upon the combined income of the child’s two parents. When the parents have equal, or nearly equal, parenting time, the amount of… Read more »
By a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the opinion, and was joined by Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor. The Court also declined (in a 5-4 decision) to address a federal court’s reversal of Proposition 8 in California, which clears the… Read more »
Under Minnesota law, parents have the obligation of financially supporting their children. The child support statutes provide for basic child support, child care support and medical support. Basic child support is the sum paid by one parent to the other for basic expenses of the child or children. Child care support is the allocation between… Read more »
Yesterday, May 13, 2013 the Minnesota Senate approved the bill to legalize same sex marriage in Minnesota. It is expected to be signed by Governor Dayton today, May 14, 2013.
The bill to legalize same sex marriage in Minnesota has passed the Minnesota House. The Minnesota Senate is expected to take the legislation up on its floor on Monday.