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.
Posts By: Gerald Williams
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.
How quickly things change. Not too long ago, Minnesotans were asked to vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. That measure was defeated last November by popular vote. Now, the Minnesota legislature is taking up a bill to legalize same sex marriage, and it appears that the bill will reach the House… Read more »
If you are awarded a motor vehicle in a divorce, be sure to take care of the title. If the title to the vehicle is solely in your name, you do not need to take further action. If the title to the vehicle is in the other party’s name, the title must be transferred. You… Read more »
In July 2012, the Uniform Law Commission approved of the Uniform Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation Act, to address issues that arise when a family court matter involves a parent serving in the military. The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), established in 1892, is responsible for such Acts as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement… Read more »
I have a friend who has first-hand experience with divorce, spousal maintenance, and how the issue of spousal maintenance is determined as part of a divorce process. In the wake of his own experience, he questions the wisdom of having no spousal maintenance guidelines in Minnesota’s family law statutes. Many states have spousal maintenance guidelines… Read more »
When parents share child custody with a 50-50 schedule, it is common for the schedule to be week-on, week-off – i.e., one week with one parent, the next week with the other parent, and so on. But not likely if a child custody professional is involved. Many parents agree to share custody by alternating weeks…. Read more »
Common-law marriage is a marriage in which there is no license issued by a governmental agency, there is no marriage certificate filed with the government, and there is no solemnization of the marriage in the presence of witnesses. The title of this post is ironic, because Minnesota does not recognize common-law marriage. The Minnesota legislature… Read more »
The latest development in gay divorce in Minnesota happened in probate court. On August 1, a Hennepin County District Court judge upheld a probate court referee’s ruling that a surviving partner of a same-sex marriage was entitled to inherit the decedent partner’s assets. The couple was married legally in California in 2008, moved to Minnesota… Read more »
In a divorce, the Minnesota courts cannot impose on a parent the obligation to pay for college. This is because Minnesota family law does not govern children who have reached majority. The family court will not interfere with the application of existing college funds to tuition expenses, and cannot interfere with the provisions of an… Read more »