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Michael Boulette
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Minnesota Family Law Attorney
Minnesota Family Law Attorney

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STOP! before you file that Appeal.

Time for an appeal. You lost. Badly. (Bigly?) It wasn’t even close. You’ll even be paying the other side’s fees. It’s okay. It happens. That’s what appeals are for. Courts don’t always get it right. I’m sure your Court got it wrong. Don’t worry, you’ll…

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Same as it ever was? Minnesota's (Not So) New Cohabitation Law

Not with a bang, but a whimper. Such is Minnesota’s first brush with alimony reform. On August 1, 2016, Minnesota’s spousal maintenance law gained a newly-minted subdivision 6, providing a basis to modify maintenance if a recipient begins living with a…

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A Deeper Dive Into Minnesota's Best Interest Factors

Nearly a year into Minnesota’s new best interest factors, you’d be think there’d be nothing left to say. Or maybe that was just wishful thinking after slogging through my posts here, here, and here. But eleven months into the new law, and the Court of…

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Family Lawyers: Go Ahead and Throw Away Your Notary Stamp

Effective today, you won’t need it anymore. As part of the overhaul of our procedural rules in 2015, most notary requirements were eliminated– affidavits, discovery responses, petitions. (If you were at Family Law Institute you’d already know this.) All…

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Growing up the son of a CPA, I’ve always been acutely aware of the end of tax season. When tax filing deadlines approach, I can feel a spring in my step and a general lightness of being. So with tax day right around the corner and beautiful spring weather…

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Continuing on a topic from prior posts  (here and here), WCCO recently covered the efforts of the new Minnesota Alimony Reform Group to overhaul Minnesota’s spousal maintenance laws, starting with a bill on cohabitation. With the start of the…

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Creating New Tools to Help Families Through Conflict

For those who’ve noticed the conspicuous delays between postings, I’ll open with an apology. It’s been a busy few months. A presentation at AFCC Minnesota’s Conference on Court-Involved Therapy, followed by a number impending deadlines for Family Law…

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"Alimony Reform" Comes to Minnesota (Maybe)

2016 may bring changes big and small to Minnesota’s spousal maintenance (alimony) laws. At the beginning of January, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Curtis v. Curtis—marking the first time in decades the Court will take up a case on establishing…

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Will this be the End of Minnesota's Child Support Cliffs?

2015 saw the addition of words like “photobomb” “cisgender” and “crowdfunded” to the Oxford English Dictionary, And while the list of would-be words grows ever-longer, 2016 may be the year the venerable O.E.D. can remove “child support cliffs,” from its…

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Retirement vs. Pension Benefit. What's the Difference

Around 300 BC, Master Gongsun Long asked his pupils, in the famous White Horse Dialogue, Can it be that a white horse is not a horse? 2300 years later and half a world away, the Minnesota Court of Appeals finds itself answering a different version of the…
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