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January 2015 Archives

Grandparents' rights after parents' death or divorce

Many Minnesota grandparents cherish the relationships they have with their grandchildren. Some see their grandchildren monthly, weekly or even on a daily basis and would be devastated if they could no longer visit them for some reason. Unfortunately, many parents refuse to allow the grandparents to see their grandchildren on a regular basis for some reason. In some cases, the parents are harming their children and the grandparents want to gain custody. Minnesota recognizes grandparents' rights and can help grandparents gain visitation or custody rights based on their situations.

Implied consent law has new wrinkle thanks to Supreme Court

We've talked about implied consent on this blog before, and what it means for all drivers in the state of Minnesota if they are accused of driving under the influence. However, a recent ruling by the Supreme Court changes the way the rule is interpreted, and it has a profound affect on people who were looking to challenge a certain aspect to the rule.

How is a child's religion determined after divorce?

When Minnesota couples with children divorce, there are often many custody issues to consider. One of these issues is religion. When a couple is not religious or shares the same religion, then this may not be a problem. However, many couples nowadays are interfaith and either choose which religion they want their children to practice or intertwine aspects of both religions. When the couple decides to divorce, what do the children do?

Police must act properly during course of DUI investigation

Imagine that the police pull you over one night. You were drinking previously, but you don't think you had enough to put you over the legal limit of 0.08. The police approach your vehicle and ask you to roll down your window. When this happens, the police smell a scent of alcohol, and they begin their typical procedures for investigating someone who may by intoxicated behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Will stronger penalties for DUI really reduce drunk driving?

A DWI task force in the state of Minnesota wants lawmakers to increase the penalties on people who are accused of committing a driving while intoxicated offense, and they also want to lower the threshold at which police and prosecutors can file stronger charges against an accused DWI offender -- even if it is just the individual's first offense.

Pros and cons of an uncontested divorce for property division

For Minnesota couples who decide to divorce but are still on friendly terms, an uncontested divorce may be ideal. All divorces start out the same - by filing the appropriate paperwork - but an uncontested divorce will typically run much smoother because both parties will be more apt to negotiate on the bigger issues, such as child custody, alimony and even who gets the marital home. However, it's not right for everyone. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of an uncontested divorce.

For many Minnesotans, their resolution is to get a divorce

2014 has come and gone and now it's time for a new year. Many Minnesotans may resolve to eat better, exercise more or lose weight. For some, their New Year's resolution may be to file for divorce. As unpleasant as this may seem, they're not alone. In fact, the legal community has dubbed Jan. 2 'Divorce Day,' since many people tend to contact lawyers and start the divorce process on this day.

DWI crackdown in Minnesota sees uptick in arrests

Did you know that for at least the past two years, Minnesota State Police have been conducting major drunk driving crackdowns from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve? Yes, patrols have been increased during this window, and the statistics that these crackdowns have revealed will certainly prove useful to many people and organizations.

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