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November 27, 2013

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined that broad provisions for the waiver of retirement benefits in antenuptial and postnuptial agreements are ineffective if the terms lack strict conformity with 29 U.S.C. §1055(c)(2)(A) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Family law attorneys Alan C. Eidsness and Lisa T. Spencer discuss the Court’s decision […]



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November 18, 2013

The Supreme Court’s decision in Haefele v. Haefele changed the landscape in child support litigation involving owners of closely-held businesses. Before Haefele, disputes in such cases frequently centered on the availability of the owner’s income. The reason for retaining earnings, degree of control, and true cash flow were always topics of inquiry and debate. After Haefele, these considerations still matter, but not with respect to calculating income and […]



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November 11, 2013

The importance of vocational assessments became unmistakable after Passolt v. Passolt but while some types of evaluations are provided for by statute, none exist for vocational evaluations. Read family law attorneys Alan C. Eidsness and Jaime Driggs’ analysis on requesting vocational evaluations after Graybow v. Graybow. The article is part of a series previously printed […]



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November 4, 2013

Family law attorneys Alan C. Eidsness and Jaime Driggs co-authored “Parenting Consultants: Lessons from the Case Law,” which covers recent court decisions that shed light on the challenging issues raised by the use of parenting consultants. The article is part of a series previously printed in Minnesota Lawyer concerning topics relevant to the area of […]



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June 24, 2013

Tax attorney Stephen L. Hopkins has co-updated a chapter for Minnesota CLE on appeals of United States Tax Court decisions to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals with John Barrie, partner at Bryan Cave. The chapter discusses the procedures that apply to review of cases on appeal from the United States Tax Court. It includes an […]



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May 13, 2013

An equitable division of property can be difficult when the homestead is the only asset with equity and won’t be sold immediately. A marital lien in favor of the party moving out may be the only option but careful consideration must be given when drafting the decree to ensure all parties’ intentions are fulfilled. Read […]



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