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Corwin Kruse

Because Families Matter
  • Family Law, Divorce
  • Minnesota
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Corwin R. Kruse, Esq.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, magna cum laude
Editor: William Mitchell Law Review

M.A., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Major: Sociology

B.S., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Sociology

B.B.A., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.

Honors: Dean's List

Major: Business Administration


Minnesota, 2004

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2005


Katz & Manka, Ltd., Family Law Attorney, 2010-2019

William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2005-2016

Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Associate, 2005-2009

Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, 2004-2005


Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota Supreme Court
ID Number: 0334418
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Minnesota # 0334418
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Legal Answers
35 Questions Answered

Q. What is certificate of representation and parties and affidavit of service by u.s mail?
A: A certificate of representation is a document a lawyer files to tell the court that they are representing one of the parties. An affidavit of service is a document attesting under oath to the fact that another document was served on the opposing party by mail.
Q. Does custodianship end at age 18 or at graduation date?
A: I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "custodianship," but child support obligations end when the child has BOTH turned 18 and graduated. If still in secondary school, the obligation can continue until age 20.
Q. My ex signed a recognition of parentage for my twins and I believe he is not the father how can I get genetic testing
A: Generally, you can ask the court to order testing for the person you believe to be the father and, if necessary, your ex.
Q. My custody agreement states I can request a drug test and I have requested 2 in the last few months and the mother wont
A: Does the custody agreement include an order for parenting time? If not, what is the purpose of the drug-test provision? Does the agreement set forth penalties for failing to pass a test (in general, failure to take a test is treated the same as failing to pass)?
Q. can i get married at 18 outside of minesota if i live in minnesota ??
A: It would depend on the requirements for getting a marriage license in the other state.
Q. Separated but married, selling house and she received 2K from buyers today. Does she need to give me half?
A: By "separated," I assume you mean living apart, not legally separated. If you are married, you will both need to sign to transfer ownership of the house. You can refuse to sign unless you get a portion of the proceeds. I would contact the closing company and make them aware that you should receive funds as well.
Q. If im supposed to have custody of my daughter and her dad is not giving her back to me what do i do ?
A: It is difficult to say what you can do without knowing more. Were you married? If so, are you divorced? You say that you are "supposed to have" custody. Is there a divorce decree or other court order that sets forth the parenting time you each get? If so, you can go to court to enforce it. If you were divorced in MN, the decree should have "Appendix A" attached. This document sets forth that depriving another of parental rights can be a felony. If you were never married, is there an adjudication of paternity and order for parenting time? If not, and dad has never been adjudicated the father, he has no right to custody. In this case, you should call the police. If you are still married, but living apart, then you each have parental rights, but there is no set schedule to enforce. You would likely want to initiate proceedings for divorce or legal separation to establish parenting time.
Q. I was never served my court papers by there farther or anyone. No mail at my house stating this either. Now the courts
A: It sounds like a custody motion. You can certainly oppose that. If you are sure that you have never been served, then the case is not properly before the court. If, however, you have been served, you will need to make an appearance or the court can rule against you by default. If you have not been served, how do you know the date and what the court is trying to do?
Q. I found out the court date from my sons dad later last night my son told me he was going back to live with him...I then
A: I would contact the court clerk's office and take a look at what documents have been filed. See if there is an affidavit of service. If not, you can raise that to the court.
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