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Corwin Kruse

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  • 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
Professional Associations
State Bar of Minnesota # 0334418
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Kruse Family Law, PLLC website
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Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. Will the judge see through his lies?
A: There are no guarantees, but generally judges recognize that self-employed people are able to hide income. A lot of claimed expenses may be added back. The court will look at his prior income as well as what he is now making. If his mistress contributes to the household expenses, that lowers his need. Depending upon circumstances, you may also have a claim for dissipation of funds for whatever he has spent on her. Getting records in discovery is vital.
Q. Hi, My own attorney retired, I was wondering if I could request items directly from my ex's lawyer or if I need one to.
A: If you are no longer represented, you can contact the attorney directly. Be aware that he or she may want confirmation that you are not represented before responding to you.
Q. I am married to my unborn baby’s biological father, do I have to to put his name on the baby’s birth certificate?
A: Assuming that you are in MN, you do not have to put his name on the birth certificate. Because you are married, however, he will be the “presumed father” under Minnesota law. You may wish to have him complete a Non-Paternity Statement. Forms are available on the Department of Human Services website.
Q. My 11yr old doesn't want to go.
A: You've indicated that the father has no legal or physical custody and no parenting time, but that he does pay child support. You haven't stated whether or not he has been adjudicate the father or whether the child support is court-ordered (which would require such an adjudication) or voluntary. If there is no court order granting the father any custody or parenting time, then he has no legal right to any parenting time. Accordingly, you are not obligated to allow your daughter to spend time with him. Of course, if there is no order for child support, he may decide that if you won't let him see your daughter, he will stop paying. As with parenting time, unless there is a court order, he has no obligation to make such payments.
Q. I am 16, wondering if I can get child support from my dad whom I dont live with.
A: You cannot directly get child support; one of your parents can get child support on your behalf. If you live with your mother, she could seek child support from your dad by going to court.
Q. Hi When does my payment of child support end? I've heard conflicting things and I'm a little confused. Thanks
A: Generally, child support ends when your child BOTH turns 18 and is out of secondary school. If still in secondary school, child support can continue until age 20.
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