Preston Family Law Lawyer, Minnesota


Includes: Collaborative Law, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

Amber Lawrence

Collaborative Law, Family Law, Child Support, Adoption, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Geraldine M. Sutcliffe

Family Law, Discrimination, Wills, Contract
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James McGeeney

Construction, Pharmaceutical Product, Family Law, Medical Malpractice
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Lawrence Downing

Family Law, Divorce, Farms, Child Support
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Andre Adam Strutynski Novack

Family Law, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  7 Years

Andrew Leslie Davick

Wrongful Termination, Family Law, Criminal, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

Ashley Marie Kuhn

Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

Bruce Middleton Cameron

Mediation, Estate, Collaborative Law, Banking & Finance
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  12 Years

Carole Ann Pasternak

Immigration, Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  21 Years

Carrie Jean Osowski

Defense Contracts, Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  5 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

NO-FAULT DIVORCE

Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along... (more...)
Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along. Until no-fault divorce arrived in the 1970s, the only way a person could get a divorce was to prove that the other spouse was at fault for the marriage not working. No-fault divorces are usually granted for reasons such as incompatibility, irreconcilable differences, or irretrievable or irremediable breakdown of the marriage. Also, some states allow incurable insanity as a basis for a no-fault divorce. Compare fault divorce.

MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME

An annual income figure for which there are as many families with incomes below that level as there are above that level. The Census Bureau publishes median fam... (more...)
An annual income figure for which there are as many families with incomes below that level as there are above that level. The Census Bureau publishes median family income figures for each state and for different family sizes. A debtor whose current monthly income is higher than the median family income in his or her state must pass the means test in order to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and must commit all disposable income to a five-year repayment plan if filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

AMICUS CURIAE

Latin for 'friend of the court.' This term describes a person or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit as plaintiff or defendant but that has a strong i... (more...)
Latin for 'friend of the court.' This term describes a person or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit as plaintiff or defendant but that has a strong interest in the case and wants to get its two cents in. For example, the ACLU often submits materials to support a person who claims a violation of civil rights even though that person is represented by a lawyer.

BEST INTERESTS (OF THE CHILD)

The test that courts use when deciding who will take care of a child. For instance, an adoption is allowed only when a court declares it to be in the best inter... (more...)
The test that courts use when deciding who will take care of a child. For instance, an adoption is allowed only when a court declares it to be in the best interests of the child. Similarly, when asked to decide on custody issues in a divorce case, the judge will base his or her decision on the child's best interests. And the same test is used when judges decide whether a child should be removed from a parent's home because of neglect or abuse. Factors considered by the court in deciding the best interests of a child include: age and sex of the child mental and physical health of the child mental and physical health of the parents lifestyle and other social factors of the parents emotional ties between the parents and the child ability of the parents to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing and medical care established living pattern for the child concerning school, home, community and religious institution quality of schooling, and the child's preference.

DEPENDENTS BENEFITS

A type of Social Security benefit available to spouses and minor or disabled children of retired or disabled workers who qualify for either retirement or disabi... (more...)
A type of Social Security benefit available to spouses and minor or disabled children of retired or disabled workers who qualify for either retirement or disability benefits under the program's rigorous qualification guidelines.

GUARDIANSHIP

A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty... (more...)
A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty to care for the ward. This may involve making personal decisions on his or her behalf, managing property or both. Guardianships of incapacitated adults are more typically called conservatorships .

CONSOLIDATED OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT (COBRA)

A federal law requiring that employers offer employees -- and their spouses and dependents -- continuing insurance coverage if their work hours are cut or they ... (more...)
A federal law requiring that employers offer employees -- and their spouses and dependents -- continuing insurance coverage if their work hours are cut or they lose their job for any reason other than gross misconduct. Courts are still in the process of determining the meaning of gross misconduct, but it's clearly more serious than poor performance or judgment. COBRA also makes an ex-spouse and children eligible to receive group rate health insurance provided by the other ex-spouse's employer for three years following a divorce.

FAULT DIVORCE

A tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The 'innocent' spouse was then granted the divorc... (more...)
A tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The 'innocent' spouse was then granted the divorce from the 'guilty' spouse. Today, 35 states still allow a spouse to allege fault in obtaining a divorce. The traditional fault grounds for divorce are adultery, cruelty, desertion, confinement in prison, physical incapacity and incurable insanity. These grounds are also generally referred to as marital misconduct.

ADOPTION

A court procedure by which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Adoption creates a parent-child relationship rec... (more...)
A court procedure by which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Adoption creates a parent-child relationship recognized for all legal purposes -- including child support obligations, inheritance rights and custody.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Do v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co.

... 548.251. When the underlying facts of a case are undisputed, an appellate court will review de novo the district court's application of the law. Dean v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 535 NW2d 342, 343 (Minn.1995). Here, the underlying facts are not disputed. ...

Peterka v. Dennis

... Mary Catherine Lauhead, Law Offices of Mary Catherine Lauhead, St. Paul, Minnesota; Michael D. Dittberner, Clugg, Linder, Dittberner & Bryant, Ltd., Edina, Minnesota; Cheryl M. Prince, Hanft Fride, PA, Duluth, Minnesota; and Joan H. Lucas, Lucas Family Law, LLC, St. ...

Langston v. Wilson McShane Corp.

... Divorce law and domestic relations law are traditionally matters of state concern. ... See 29 USC § 1056(d)(1) (2006). Thus, the rights a former spouse or dependent may claim under a QDRO arise, not under ERISA, but under state domestic relations law and the terms of the plan. ...