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How does a Minnesota court define the best interest of a child?

Many Minnesota residents these days have gone through a divorce. For some citizens it might not have been very upsetting, while for others the process may have been devastating, both emotionally and psychologically. But a lot of divorced individuals would agree that the most difficult aspect of the process was determining child custody. Minnesota courts, like most others in the nation, uses the term "best interests of the child" in order to determine which parent becomes the custodial parent and which one becomes the noncustodial parent. But what aspects of the individuals involved does the court examine in order to determine the child's best interests?

What expenses does a Minnesota child support order cover?

It is an unfortunate reality that some quarreling spouses may attempt to reduce the amount of child support they pay in order to take emotional advantage of their ex-spouse, even at the expense of their children. Fortunately, Minnesota law has specific guidelines that must be followed when determining a child support formula.

Minnesota residency requirements before seeking a divorce

Divorce can be a painful step for couples residing in any state, including Minnesota. That is because divorce is final and once the decree has been issued by a court of law, it cannot be undone. All of the emotional trauma that accompanies a divorce is made that much worse because it affects everyone in a family. From parents and children to extended family members and friends, the effects of a divorce are far reaching.

How prenuptial agreements are handled in Minnesota

Minnesota couples who choose to marry will frequently do so hoping for the best case scenario: that it will work out and they will stay together for the duration of their lives. That, however, is often not realistic. In some cases, one member of the union will have significant assets or property that he or she would like to protect in the event that the marriage doesn't work out and ends in divorce. To provide that protection, prenuptial agreements are crafted. In the state of Minnesota, these are also referred to as ante-nuptial contracts. The law has certain requirements for these and post-nuptial agreements. If there is an issue with the contract, the laws must be understood.

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