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Corwin Kruse

Kruse Family Law: 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
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota Supreme Court
ID Number: 0334418
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Professional Experience
Kruse Family Law PLLC
- Current
Katz & Manka, Ltd.
Family law attorney with experience in divorce, custody, parenting-time, and post-decree matters.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Minnesota  # 0334418
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Websites & Blogs
Kruse Family Law, PLLC website
Twin Cities Family Law Blog
Legal Answers
64 Questions Answered
Q. Ex wife wants to file a motion requesting I pay child support and claim child for taxes.
A: Unless and until you stipulate (or the court orders) otherwise, the divorce decree governs. She cannot get additional back support and you cannot count voluntarily payment of expenses toward support.
Q. If I spend $ from a personal account to pay debt related to joint acct, will my personal account be considered comingled
A: If you can trace it and keep it in a separate account, it would not be considered commingled.

Unless you need to pay down the debt now, it may be beneficial to wait until after the divorce is finalized.
Q. My granddaughters by court order have to spend there summers in California with there father. Can they refuse?
A: It really depends on the facts of the case and how parenting time could be restructured. It is very possible that ending summered in California would reduce parenting time enough that the court would consider it a modification of custody, which would likely necessitate showing endangerment.

That said, at age 17, the child’s wishes carry a fair amount of weight (not so much for the 13-year-old). It may be possible to at least reduce the time in CA, but would depend on the specifics and whether the court can be convinced that doing so would be in the children’s best interests.
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Kruse Family Law
4401 Upton Ave. South
Telephone: (612) 231-9865
Monday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed