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52 Estate Planning for Empty Nesters

Folks who are living in an “Empty Nest,” are in a somewhat unique situation in regard to their estate, now that their adult children have moved away from their family’s home. In this podcast episode, Amy Rotering, an experienced family and estate law attorney, will go over a number of the considerations to be made when making an estate plan under the circumstances of an empty nest. She also describes a free online program called “The ABCs of Estate Planning,” for those who would like to take advantage of a more complete overview of this process.

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51 Modification of Custody or Parenting Time

Oftentimes when ex-spouses are sharing custody of their child/children, there can be a certain amount of confusion between modifying the actual custody or in making appropriate changes to their parenting time. In this podcast episode attorney, Susan Mundahl, clearly explains the differences and the Minnesota statutes that accompany both. She also makes some very sound suggestions for families in making better adjustments for the best interest of their children.

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50 Same Sex Couples & Adoption

There are a number of very good reasons that each partner of a same sex couple should make sure that their relationship to their child is assured, legally. In this episode of the podcast, Attorney, Alma Miklasevics, outlines a number of the main ones as well as providing a brief overview of how the adoption process works.

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47 Grandparent Visitation

Being a grandparent is a special and important role in a child's life. It can be tragic when circumstances prevent grandparents from being in their grandchildren's lives. Fortunately, there are legal precedents often recognized by courts for grandparent rights to be a part of their grandchildren's lives. In this podcast we discuss laws that can protect ongoing grandparent visitation rights.

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46 Custody & Parenting Time with Teenagers

As any parent of teenagers can tell you, parenting children in their teens is very different than parenting younger children. Custody and parenting time rules and schedules can also change as children become teenagers. In this podcast episode, attorney Susan Mundahl gives us a closer look at some parameters for changing custody and parenting time of teenagers. She also gives examples of common situations and their statutory requirements for making any modifications depending on the child’s and their family’s circumstances.

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45 Trusts – An Overview

Establishing a trust can be an integral part of an estate plan. In this podcast episode, estate planning attorney Amy Rotering gives us a basic look at the main types of trusts that are available, and how they may be used to avoid a lengthy (and costly) visit to probate court.

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44 Arbitrating Personal Property

One of the first things that comes to mind around the topic of divorce is, who gets to keep what? Most of the things that couples accumulate during their marriage are considered marital property, and thus, are subject to "fair and equitable" division during divorce. Deciding who gets to keep what can be a difficult process and often, couples cannot agree on their own how to divide their property alone. Arbitration is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which is a way to resolve disputes outside of court. Arbitration is a much more cost effective option than going to court, which can cost many thousands of dollars. In this episode of the podcast Susan discusses the benefits of using an arbitrator to help divide personal property.

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43 Retirement Accounts & QDROs in Divorce

For better or worse, retirement accounts are large personal assets and usually fall into the division of marital property during a divorce. Deciding who gets what and how to split them involves some specific areas of martial property division law. In this podcast episode, Susan and her associate Alma, discuss the basics of dividing retirement accounts, including what documents and procedures are required to finalize the agreements made in divorce decree.

For more information about this, check out our blogs:

Retirement Accounts in Divorce: Asset or Income?

What is the Process for Getting a QDRO?

What is Non-Marital Property in Minnesota?

What is "Fair and Equitable" in Personal Property Division?

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42 Co-Parenting in a Pandemic

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges to everyone, and to parents most of all. To those navigating co-parenting situations with multiple homes, effective planning and cooperation have become even more necessary. In this podcast episode, Susan and her associate discuss a few key ways parents can effectively communicate with each other, in order to provide additional safety and care for their children while navigating the current health crisis. They also discuss how mediation can be a useful tool for divorced or divorcing parents who find it difficult to communicate directly with one another.

For more informati0n, check out our blogs:

Advantages of Using Our Family Wizard for Co-Parenting Communication

Is Divorce Mediation the Best Option?

Dealing with a Crying Child at Parenting Time Transition

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41 Parenting Time in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world for everyone, and arguably parents with children at home have been hit the hardest. Attempting to co-parent between multiple homes during this time has provided an added layer of challenges. In this episode Susan discusses strategies for handling parenting-time during the pandemic and the importance of putting the needs of children first and foremost.

For more information, check out these Mundahl Law blogs:

COVID-19 and Minnesota Parenting Time: What's Changed?

COVID-19, Lost Income, and Your Child Support

Advantages of Using Our Family Wizard for Co-Parenting Communication

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