During the past few years Minnesota courts have started to encourage parents to attend early neutral evaluation (ENE) when custody or parenting time (visitation) or financial issues are disputed, or attend mediation if ENE does not occur. There are several reasons for this requirement. One reason is cost: the sooner the parties can resolve their dispute, the fewer emotional and financial resources are devoted to the dispute. Literally tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and court costs can be avoided by an early resolution rather than protracted litigation. Some judges tell the parties, “You can choose to send your lawyer’s kids to college or your own.”
Roughly 1,300 new stepfamilies are created every day, according to the Stepfamily Foundation. And, 41 percent of all Americans have at least one step relative, based on Pew Research Center findings. These blended families have an opportunity to launch new relationships and traditions, but they often face pitfalls where finances are concerned. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants provides these tips for issues stepfamilies may face and how to address them.
Many of us know a loved one who has faced Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a wrenching experience watching them slowly slip away, trying to be a source of comfort and companionship, even as a cure remains painfully out of reach.
Workers fix a segment of surface pavement on Lakewood Drive, just south of Highwood Avenue E. (submitted photo)
Nora Slawik Mayor of Maplewood
As I am driving in Maplewood I experience firsthand the deteriorating pavement conditions, traffic congestion and potholes that plague our roads. I know this affects the quality of life for our families and it can hurt our businesses. Many of you have contacted me via e-mails, phone calls or in person about problems with the streets by your homes and backups on certain roads.
The Senate recently passed provisions investing in our state’s economic development programs, workforce programs and our natural resources. The bill supports existing programs that help people find jobs, and funds new ideas that help move Minnesota forward.
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April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States. The annual event was designed to be a day where we take a step back to look at how our actions affect the earth, and recognize the things we can change to make our planet a better place to live. For many, the day means much more than simply remembering to recycle for a day.
When the Minnesota Legislature was on its Easter break, I used the time away from the Capitol to discuss the big issues of the year with constituents in our district. One of the biggest topics is the budget surplus and what to do with it.