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As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services.  So far, not one client or staff member has become infected based on contact at this office and we will continue with safety protocols in an attempt to keep it that way. My office will continue to put the safety of our staff and you as our top priority. We do greatly appreciate your cooperation in conducting business in a safe fashion by utilizing current technology. Regardless of what happens, we will continue to take care of all of your legal needs.

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Co-parenting teenagers after divorce

| May 30, 2019 | Divorce

Many spouses who file for divorce in Minnesota will have to co-parent with their ex. While this can be difficult no matter the age of the kids, co-parenting teenagers comes with unique challenges. It’s important to consider some of the most common mistakes parents make when co-parenting teens.

Failing to communicate is a major blunder that many exes make when co-parenting teenage children. Lots of parents assume that their child will naturally share important information with them. This may not be true when it comes to teenagers. It is important to talk to the other parent about what is going on with a teenage child.

Teenagers often want to take advantage of opportunities that give them more freedom. When parents fail to communicate and coordinate their plans, teens may get an opportunity to seize even more freedom.

Another consideration is how a teenager’s schedule and activities may change as they grow older. Teenagers will need to split time between friends, school work, time with family, extracurricular activities and potentially even a job. Being too strict about a parenting schedule could add too much stress to a teen’s life.

A family law attorney may be able to help a parent who is going through a divorce negotiate a parenting plan that is likely to work well for their family. A good parenting plan takes into account the needs of each child as well as the schedules of each parent.

Sometimes, it is difficult to communicate with a former spouse. If communication breaks down, it can be very difficult to co-parent a child of any age. If the other parent is intentionally disobeying a previous court order, an attorney could file a petition to request an order of contempt or a post-decree modification.