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What Does Primary Residence Mean?

The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently issued a decision clarifying the limits of a parent’s authority when they are granted “primary residence” of the child. In Wolf v. Oesterich, A20-0235 (February 22, 2021), the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that a parent, who...

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Guardianship Bill of Rights

The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a decision on January 25, 2021, governing the rights of persons subject to Guardianships. Harris o/b/o Banks v. Gellerman, A20-0527 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 25, 2021) The Court of Appeals held that when a harassment restraining order...

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Post-Divorce Gifts

On Wednesday May 26, 2021, the Minnesota Supreme Court weighed in on a novel family law issue: whether post-divorce cash gifts can affect a spousal maintenance award. Minnesota Statute 518.552 subd. 2(a) requires the Court to consider a party’s “financial resources”...

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Appellate Ruling on Spousal Maintenance

On June 21, 2021 the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a precedential opinion regarding spousal maintenance. Either spouse may request an award of spousal maintenance; the district court must first determine their income and their reasonable monthly expenses. If a...

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