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May I Record Telephone Conversations in Minnesota?
Under Minnesota law, as long as you yourself are a party to the conversation, it is lawful for you to record that conversation, even secretly. Furthermore, it happens often enough in family practice that you are wise to assume that any telephone conversation with your spouse is in fact being recorded, and to temper your speech accordingly - i.e., no anger, name-calling, or spiteful speech of any kind.
Such recordings of your spouse may be used in evidence, provided they’re relevant. However, they shouldn’t be used unless they are very compelling and necessary evidence of the point you’re trying to prove, because otherwise their usefulness is outweighed by the tendency of such recordings to make you look obsessive.
If you fear your spouse may make false claims of abuse against you, in order to get you quickly ordered out of the house, or to gain an advantage in a custody dispute, there are a couple of things you can do to help protect yourself:
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE IS NOT ADVICE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR CASE. ALSO, THIS INFORMATION APPLIES ONLY TO MINNESOTA LAW, AND NOT TO THE LAW OF ANY OTHER STATE OR COUNTRY.
Marital property, which is all assets and debts acquired during the marriage, is divided equitably, in a manner the Minnesota court believes is fair. Separate property is not considered marital property, and it includes property acquired before marriage, gifts and inheritances. The increase in value in this property is also separate property.
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