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September 2014 Archives

It walks like a marriage, talks like a marriage, but is it legit?

A couple with Minnesota ties -- purple and gold ties -- is in an unusual situation. Michael Mandelbaum, whose family owns a piece of the Minnesota Vikings football team, and his wife Debra are divorcing. Sort of. They are in New Jersey, not Minnesota, but we will explain the differences between the laws of the two states as we go along.

Standby guardianship: 1 more option for same-sex parents

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota has led to countless joyful unions, but it's also produced a dizzying amount of legal questions, particularly for couples with children. Many people with sons or daughters from a previous relationship may be wondering what options exist for protecting the bond between their children and the non-biological parent.

Child custody doesn't have to be win-or-lose for parents

In terms of family law, when we talk about alternative dispute resolution, we're talking about voluntary, cooperative, cost-efficient, out-of-court methods of establishing a workable parenting plan. So why is a cooperative and affordable approach to protecting the best interest of a child the alternative, while it's assumed that litigation and court orders are the norm?

Parental rights v. child's best interests: Legal smackdown in ND?

We are circling back to our Aug. 21, 2014, post, "Does best interests of the child standard ignore parental rights?" The discussion was focusing on a North Dakota ballot initiative that would change how courts decide child custody issues in divorces.

Allegations fly in divorce of high-profile Midwestern couple

The divorce of one of the wealthiest couples in the Midwest is heating up. In late July, hedge fund magnate Ken Griffin, who is worth a reported $5.5 billion, filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, Anne Dias Griffin.

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