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Divorce Articles by Eric C. Nelson

Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota
Spousal maintenance awards can be difficult to predict, because there are no Guidelines, as with child support ...

Custody Evaluations (Minnesota)
Minnesota statutes provide that: "In contested custody proceedings . . . the court may order an investigation and report concerning custodial arrangements ...

Custody of Children Born Out of Wedlock in Minnesota
In Minnesota, the determination of custody for children born out of wedlock is no different than the determination of custody for children of marriage ...

Legal Custody in Minnesota
In Minnesota, custody is defined in terms of legal custody and physical custody. The scope of this article is legal custody. ...

Modification of Physical Custody in Minnesota
A Court may not change physical custody from one parent to the other unless the change is in the best interests of the child ...

Parenting Plans in Minnesota
Minnesota litigants have had the option of stipulating to a "Parenting Plan" in lieu of a traditional custody award ...

Parenting Time (a/k/a Visitation) in Minnesota
The general rule is that parenting time (visitation) is mandatory. Typical parentint time schedules and modification of parenting time ...

The Importance of Temporary Custody in Minnesota
In cases where the issue of custody is contested, there is often an initial hearing where the Court decides issues of custody ...

The Standard for Determining Physical Custody in Minnesota
As in many areas of family law, the standard applied by the Court in making an initial award of physical custody is the so-called "best interest of the child" ...

Dirty Divorce Tricks
Forget What the Papers Say, I'll Do This or That. There are various manifestations of this dirty trick such as sign the papers giving me custody ...

Property and Debt Allocation in Minnesota Divorce
In Minnesota, all property acquired during the marriage by either party is presumed to be marital property. This means that earnings and ...

Mediation in Minnesota
Some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution is now a mandatory requirement in any divorce proceeding in Minnesota ...

Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection in Minnesota
Domestic abuse is defined as any of the following committed against a family or household member. The domestic abuse order for protection is only available to the family and household members of the abuser. ...

Paternity in Minnesota
The days of factual disputes over paternity are long gone, as the issue of biological paternity is now decided by DNA, which is hard to argue with. ...


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