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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Q: If I have a court order with my kids mom Already in place stating that I get her every other weekend

If my kid's mother withholds her is that considered contempt of court My daughter is 11 is she allowed to choose whether she comes to my house or not

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Jun 22, 2022

It isn’t generally handles as a contempt issue at this point. You would bring a motion to enforce the decree. If she still withholds her, you could then seek contempt.

You can also ask that she be ordered to pay your attorney fees.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Q: can parent take minor out of state vacation without permission
Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on May 29, 2022

It depends upon the language of the Judgment and Decree. If it says nothing, you are generally free to take them. The Decree may still require you to notify the other person and provide contact information for everywhere you’re staying.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: Unmarried parent, the mom is going out of state on vacation and told dad he could take child for the time being.

Mom changed her mind last minute and is bringing her to grandmas house. Is the dad able to legally have that custody time if the mother is out of state for that week. There is no court ordered custody agreement.

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on May 7, 2022

If there is no court-ordered custody or parenting time, dad has no legal rights to time with the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Q: Can my daughter father take me to court to take my daughter out of state. And she don’t want to go anyway. She is 13

I have legal and sole custody of my daughter

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on May 1, 2022

If he is adjudicated the father, generally yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Q: I need to know if I can walk off with my son.

I was never married assign the recognition of parentage a s with his mother child support has been established but yet she's making me go to someplace safe and pay to see my son she's mentally emotionally abusive my son is petrified of her puts me in jail as she lies to law every

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Apr 22, 2022

I am assuming that child support was formally established via a paternity order. Did the order also grant parenting time? That will control what you can and cannot do as well as how much time you have with the child.

If there is no paternity order (and child support is thus informal), you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: Are overnight parenting time visits allowed with infants under the age of 18 months under MN law?

Parents are considering divorce. Dad wants max parenting time. Child just turned 1. Would the courts allow the child to have overnights with dad at his new place while the child is still so young?

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Apr 15, 2022

There is no prohibition on such overnights, so they are allowed. The question is whether they are advisable.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Q: If my ex gets an ofp against me and I have 3 kids, does that mean I have custody and can move out of state? Unmarried

My ex and I broke up after he assaulted me and broke the order after being released from jail. He claims I destroyed his things and moved in with ex and got an order for protection against me. Can I move states with my kids legally? He has domestic abuse charges and drug and alcohol problems. He... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Apr 15, 2022

Your info says you are in Indiana, so Minnesota law isn’t applicable.

That said, in MN, if he has court-ordered parenting time, you cannot move out of state without his agreement or court order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: Paternity/recognition of parentage/2 possible fathers

If my boyfriend signs my son's birth certificate and the recognition of parentage could the other possible father of my son (who is in prison mind you) make me get a court ordered paternity test taking my boyfriends rights to my son away if the other guys test comes back that he's his... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Apr 11, 2022

Yes, the other possible father could bring a paternity action. Signing the ROP is not a legal adjudication of paternity.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: My Father passed away years ago and left his assets to my 3 male siblings and his his new wife's 4 children. Total 8 kid

Can't get complete question in on prior page. Per father's Will all assets went to his surviving wife. His wife passed away and she has new will where all assets go to here 4 children, all sons on father's Will were removed. In short instead of assets being split between 8, now all... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Yes. Only a spouse has a statutory right to inheritance.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: I have sole physical and legal custody of my daughter.

After mediation I'm required to let her father "schedule and facilitate" medical and dental appointments. We live 150 miles apart and it seems ridiculous that her primary care provider would be in his city, hours from where she lives. Since I have full custody I get to pick where she... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Dec 8, 2021

Mediation is non-binding. Unless you signed an agreement that has been entered by the court, nothing has changed your ability to schedule such appointments on your own.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Minnesota on
Q: In a custody case, will a judge ever deny one parents request for rights to claim the child on taxes every other year?

My ex and I have a now 9 year old daughter that he has had very little to do with. He has not made any attempts to see her in over two years. Last spring we had a very nasty dispute over taxes as I discovered he had been claiming her every year saying she lived with him half the time (lie). I had... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Nov 11, 2021

It sounds as if you were never married. Was there any adjudication of paternity? If not, he has no right to claim her.

Going forward, the judge can award the exemption to you alone. Based on what you’ve said, that seems appropriate.

If the decree doesn’t address taxes, IRS...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: How do I go about getting a new court order for visitation for my custody case? 1st Party refusing to cooperate.

The paternal grandmother of my daughter has custody right now. Over 2 years ago, the court granted me visitation, but she has refused, and/or made it very difficult. She has emotionally abused me and alienated my child from me for 2 years now. I am not allowed to talk to her, send her gifts, I got... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Nov 2, 2021

You bring a motion in court asking that the parenting time schedule be modified.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: In 2017 my ex convinced me to pay an extra $2,400/yr to cover 50% of our special needs son's summer camp.

I agreed to pay an additional $200 per month ($2,400 /yr) based on the cost of $4,800 per year for [our son's] special needs summer camp. However the invoices from [the special needs summer camp] were 2019: $3,600.00, 2020: $0.00, and 2021: $3,120.00 resulting in an over-payment of $3,840.... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Oct 27, 2021

You are not obligated to pay anything not ordered by the court. If the agreement was voluntary, you can stop the payments at any time. You may also suggest that she use the overpayment to cover camp going forward.

I do family law, not criminal, so I cannot address that question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: Is there a form that will give representation for a disabled spouse?
Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Oct 15, 2021

I’m not sure what you mean be representation, but a power of attorney form will allow a person to grant decision-making power to another.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: Does income include tips or just taxable income in a child support battle? Can bank statements be included?

Hello, I am in the middle of a child support fight. Deciding how much money is owed to the other. Two kids involved. One of the parents works in the restaurant field and makes tips. Not all tips are included in the taxable income.

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Oct 1, 2021

Tips are included (and taxable). Bank statements can be requested in discovery or subpoenaed.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Minnesota on
Q: Why can my ex have his girlfriend & her kids with on my kids supervised visits with their dad when they don’t want them

From the start my kids have not wanted dads gf and kids with on their supervised visits, but he Dosent care or acknowledge their feelings/wants. Situations keep happening & things keep getting worse and he will not remove the problem for the sake of his kids. What else can I do for my kids?

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Sep 25, 2021

It depends upon what restrictions are put in his parenting time in the divorce decree. If it doesn’t prohibit his GF and kids, he can bring them unless you bring a motion to modify and can demonstrate that a prohibition is in your kids’ best interests.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: I filed motion to modify alimony. My ex's attorney says he is not available on the hearing date. What do I do?
Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Aug 25, 2021

I assume that the attorney also told the court. The court will likely reschedule it for a mutually-agreeable date.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Minnesota on
Q: I have court ordered sole physical n legal custody. Can my sons father have access to his medical info?

My son is 17 and his father n i divorced 16 yrs ago. Im in Minnesota

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Jun 28, 2021

Physical custody has little meaning in MN and is unrelated to medical info. The question is legal custody. If you have joint legal, he would generally have a right to the info.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Minnesota on
Q: My ex and I were never married and we both want to do 50/50 with our two kids.

She has them on her medical insurance and I pay the daycare. We are still currently living together but I’m looking at moving out but in the same town so that the convenience for her if she needs help with anything and for the kids. I just want to know how we’d go about making an agreement or... Read more »

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on Jun 2, 2021

You can jointly petition the court to establish custody, parenting time, and child support. If paternity has not been adjudicated, you need to include that in your petition.

Daycare is one element of child support, as is insurance, and would be divided between you. You can get a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Minnesota on
Q: In Minnesota do I have any rights as an unmarried partner to any money I have contributed to my partners home

I have made mortgage payments, property tax payments, and added value to his home

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse
answered on May 23, 2021

It is possible that you could have a claim, but it would not be in the family courts.

If you have evidence of the payments, you *might* be able to prove your claim in civil court. It is also possible, however, that the payments could be viewed as “rent” in exchange for living there.

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