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 »
Posts Categorized: General Family Law
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.
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 »
Times are tough. Many families and individuals have struggled the past few years because home values have dropped and jobs are difficult to come by. Financial problems add to or are the cause of marital discord. Not surprisingly, when couples decide to divorce, many find the idea of hiring an attorney distasteful, if for… 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »