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The adoption of an older child in Minnesota has its benefits

One of the happiest functions of the court system in Minnesota is the bringing together of families through adoption. Many adoptive parents may think that adopting a newborn is the best way for them to form a loving relationship with the child. However, there are many reasons why adopting an older child may also be a good idea.

Rapper receives jail time for not paying child support

Most Minnesota residents know that continuing to pay for child support is important, both for the child and the custodial parent. Failing to pay can really hurt those who depend on it and it can land the delinquent non custodial parent in legal trouble. In a recent high profile case, a famous rap artist has now received a significant jail sentence for nonpayment of child support.

How are the best interests of the child determined?

When courts evaluate child custody determinations, the paramount concern for consideration is what is in the best interests of the child. Because of the importance of determining what is in the best interests of the child when evaluating child custody decisions, parents may wonder how the best interests of the child is determined.

Child support criteria followed by Minnesota family courts

Most Minnesota residents who have gone through a divorce were either non-custodial parents and had to pay for child support or were custodial parents and received child support. But the amount of money that a non-custodial parent must pay can vary significantly from couple to couple. Here are some basic guidelines that Minnesota family courts use to help determine child support.

What is considered marital property in a Minnesota divorce?

When a Minnesota couple gets divorced, they must divide up all the property they have accumulated during their marriage. Minnesota is an equitable distribution state, which means that a judge will look at all of the couple's marital property and then try to divide it on an equitable basis. Equitable means what is fair and just under the circumstances, not necessarily an equal split. But how does Minnesota law define marital property for purposes of divorce?

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