Welcome Justin Alderman to Our Team

Dudley and Smith is excited to welcome Justin Alderman to our team as our newest attorney.  Justin is an Illinois native who has called Minnesota his home for the past 8 years since he attended the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to making the Land of 10,000 Lakes his home, he received his Bachelor’s… Read more »

2015 Family Law Legislation – New Laws Effective July 1 and August 1, 2015

2015 saw some critical changes to the family law statutes in Minnesota. Some of these changes affect custody, parenting time and support should be carefully reviewed if your case involves minor children or if you have an order for spousal maintenance.   CUSTODY AND PARENTING TIME Best interest factors: The best interest factors have been… Read more »

Which Parent Can Claim a Child On Their Tax Returns?

When parents are not married (after a divorce or when they have a child outside of marriage), the question arises every year before April 15th – Which parent is able to claim the joint child as a dependency exemption for income tax purposes? Gloria E. Bogen has been practicing Family Law for over 33 years… Read more »

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Do I Have to Participate?

The family law attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. have taken mediation training and have participated in all of the below listed types of alternative dispute resolution to move their cases through to resolution.  In almost every instance, the parties to a divorce or custody case are required to submit their case to some form of ADR… Read more »

How Do I Protect Myself from My Spouse in Minnesota?

Domestic violence is a very difficult area in family law and one that gets a lot of attention in the media, whether against a spouse or against the children in a family.  Domestic violence is increasingly common in our society, both inside and outside of the marital relationship.  It not only impacts your home and… Read more »

Do Grandparents Have the Right to See Their Grandchildren?

In most states, including Minnesota, it is assumed that grandparents will have the ability to see their grandchildren when their own child has the children with him or her.  Obviously, this won’t happen if the parent (child of the grandparents) is deceased.  It will be difficult if that parent has minimal parenting time or contact… Read more »