Family Law/Estate Planning Blogs

Common Law Marriage and the Putative Spouse in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

Common law marriage refers to a situation in which people are deemed legally married simply because they cohabitate together for a long time and hold themselves out as if they are married, despite the fact that they have not followed the legal procedures to be married under state law.  In Minnesota, common law marriage laws… Read more »


Domestic Abuse and Orders For Protection in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

In Minnesota, domestic abuse is defined as the following when committed by one family or household member against another family or household member: 1) physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; 2) threats of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; 3) terroristic threats; 4) criminal sexual conduct; or 5) interference with an emergency call. In… Read more »


Make Estate Planning Part of Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

January is the time for New Year’s Resolutions, which often center on finances.  However, people often forget that estate planning is a critical component of your financial plan.  Despite the importance of estate planning, more than half of Americans do not have an estate plan in place at all.  Even if you do have an… Read more »


Estate Planning for a Second Marriage and Blended Family

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

Often individuals in a second marriage with a blended family have different goal and concerns when it comes to estate planning than individuals in a first marriage.  In a first marriage, most individuals will want their entire estate to go to the surviving spouse, and upon the death of their surviving spouse, equally to their… Read more »


Minnesota’s New Cohabitation Alimony Reform Bill

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

Minnesota’s new Cohabitation Alimony Reform Bill (HF 1333), which was passed with overwhelming support in both the Minnesota legislative house and senate, went into effect on August 1, 2016.  This law applies to individuals that were married, divorced and are now cohabitating with another adult, but are still receiving alimony from their ex-spouse.  The idea… Read more »


What is a Transfer on Death Deed and How can it Help You?

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

A Transfer on Death Deed, commonly abbreviated as “TODD”, is an estate planning tool that allows you to transfer your real estate upon your death to your chosen recipients without the necessity of a probate court proceeding, with its attendant cost and hassle.  Unlike an outright transfer of the real estate while you are alive,… Read more »


The Importance of Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

Today, an increasing number of couples are choosing to remain unmarried or delay marriage for a variety of reasons. While estate planning is important for everyone over 18 years of age, it is particularly important for unmarried couples because they do not have the same protections that spouses do under Minnesota law. Without an estate… Read more »


Modification of Parenting Time in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

When parents of minor children divorce, they will generally agree to a specific parenting time (visitation) schedule between the parents and the minor children, of if they cannot agree, the court will generally set a specific parenting time schedule. However, as children grow up and circumstances change, the parenting time schedule initially ordered may no… Read more »


Prenuptial or Antenuptial Agreements in Minnesota

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An increasing number of couples are choosing to enter into prenuptial or antenuptial agreements prior to getting married. An antenuptial agreement is a contract between prospective spouses that is entered into before the date of the wedding that allows them to determine or limit the rights each of them will have in the other’s property… Read more »