Posts By: Gerald Williams

The Uniform Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation Act

Posted by & filed under Custody, General Family Law, Interstate issues.

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 »

Four Primary Issues in Divorce

Posted by & filed under Alimony / Spousal Maintenance, Child support, Custody, Divorce, General Family Law, Parenting Time.

Divorce can be a challenging process.  After the initial difficult decision of whether to pursue a dissolution action, many parties wonder where to begin in sorting through the many pieces of the marital relationship.  One helpful place to start is to realize that there are two main issues that apply to every divorce and two… Read more »

Spousal Maintenance Standards – Something for the Minnesota Legislature to Consider?

Posted by & filed under Alimony / Spousal Maintenance.

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 »

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Posted by & filed under General Family Law.

For the most part, parties involved in a divorce, custody, or parenting time dispute are required to attempt Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) prior to bringing their issue(s) to court.   Because Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice allows parties to “create an ADR process” by agreement, in theory the possibilities are literally… Read more »

No Fault Divorce

Posted by & filed under General Family Law.

There are many reasons one or both parties may choose to end an marriage.  Not surprisingly, most of the time one or both of the parties points to the other’s behavior as the main reason the marriage cannot continue.  Affairs, drug and alcohol dependency, addictive behaviors, intra-family violence, poor money management skills … the list… Read more »

Divorce Process in Minnesota

Posted by & filed under General Family Law.

There is no way to foresee exactly how a divorce will unfold.  Some divorces are very complex and the parties and their attorneys can anticipate at the outset that the road will be long and difficult.  Other divorces are relatively simple and can be accomplished easily and quickly.  Most divorces fall somewhere in between.  Below… Read more »

Joint Physical Custody – The 5/2/2/5 Schedule

Posted by & filed under Custody.

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 in Minnesota

Posted by & filed under General Family Law.

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 »