Family Law/Estate Planning Blogs

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

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

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 »


Modification of Custody in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

As your children grow up and the circumstances of the parties change, the custody ordered in your divorce or custody case by the court may no longer work for your family. It is possible to modify the provisions of custody order, but you must meet the legal standards for modification. The primary grounds for a… Read more »


Prince Didn’t Have a Will. Do You?

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

Many people were surprised to find out that Prince did not have a will given the fortunes he amassed, but he is in good company. The American Bar Association estimates that 55% of all Americans do not have a will or estate plan in place. This likely boils down to procrastination. Nobody likes to confront… Read more »


Grandparent Rights in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

If you are a grandparent you may wonder what rights you have to visit with your grandchildren.  A grandparent does have a right to seek visitation with their grandchildren if: the grandparent’s son or daughter is deceased; a dissolution, custody, legal separation, annulment or determination of paternity is commenced by one of the parents; the… Read more »


Minnesota Child Support Modification Grounds

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

There are many reasons why you might want to modify a child support order.  Perhaps you were laid off from your position and you want to reduce your child support obligation.  Conversely, if you are receiving child support and the income of the other party has increased, you may want to increase the child support… Read more »


Stepparent Adoption in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

If you marry someone who has a child, you may consider legally adopting the child.  In order to adopt your stepchild, you must: 1) terminate the parental rights of the other parent  (not your spouse); 2) petition the court for adoption and file all necessary paperwork; 3) have social services conduct a background study and… Read more »


High-Asset Divorce in Minnesota

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

Most people are aware that divorce involves the division of marital assets, but this process becomes more complicated in a high-asset divorce.  The same legal standard applies (i.e. “equitable division”) to division of marital assets no matter how much property is involved, but the stakes are particularly high when there is a substantial amount of… Read more »


Family Law Contempt Proceedings

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

If you or the other party do not follow a divorce or custody order, you may find yourself involved in a contempt proceeding.  A contempt proceeding is initiated by having the judge sign an Order to Show Cause, which is then served personally on the noncomplying party.  The Order to Show Cause requires the noncomplying… Read more »