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3 tips for parents of young children going through mediation

Child custody battles aren't easy for parents because no parent wants to accept that their young children will be living at least part of the time with their other parent. Children will usually adapt to situations like these, but it is important to do what is best for the child. Since you and your ex know your children the best, mediation might be a good option for working out your child custody agreement. Consider these three tips to help you get ready to negotiate.

TV actress finalizes divorce, must pay spousal support

During a divorce, some of the most common points of discussion may include child custody, child support and spousal support. These issues can be even more contentious during a high asset divorce and spouses can go to extreme lengths to fight for what they believe is theirs. Recently, one TV actress has finalized her divorce from her husband and it has cost her more than she initially thought.

Protecting your family is our number one priority

Divorce can be hard emotionally and financially for everyone involved. It can seem heartbreaking when couples come to the realization that a lifetime of marriage living happily is not a reality. And if the decision to divorce is not a mutual decision, things can become even more difficult.

What factors does a Minnesota court consider for alimony?

Divorce is not a one size fits all process. This means that the different elements of a divorce, including alimony, are decided on a case by case basis. In Minnesota, alimony is not automatic, but is at the discretion of the court. But what economic factors do Minnesota courts use to help determine if alimony should be awarded as well as the amount that should be granted?

How does Minnesota recognize paternity?

Minnesota residents know that being a father comes with a lot of responsibilities. A child must be provided for properly, and this means that a father may need to contribute to the child's food, shelter, medical care and education needs. However, in order for a custodial parent to obtain child support, and in order for a father to try to act on his father's rights, paternity must be established. But paternity can sometimes become a thorny family law issue. So what are the criteria that the state of Minnesota uses to identify an individual as the father of a child?

What are the rights and duties of adoptive parents in Minnesota?

Adopting a child can be an amazing experience. And while bringing love and a stable environment to a deserving child can be rewarding, the process of adoption can be time consuming and frustrating. Minnesota courts grant specific rights and responsibilities to prospective adoptive parents, but some state residents may not know what they are. So here is a quick overview of some of these rights and responsibilities.

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.

Understanding the basics of alimony

The stresses of going through a divorce can make anyone's head spin. There are many elements that must be considered be navigating and understanding them all can be difficult during such an emotionally stressful time. One such element that may be of concern is alimony, and understanding the basics can help formulate a strong plan of action moving forward.

Should you speak to an expert about your family law problem?

Minnesota is one of the best places in the world to raise a family. For generations, our children have received the education, opportunity and support needed to be successful. This environment remains encouraging for those raising children in today's society and hoping their kids have it just a little better than them.

New study shows more unmarried parents living together

Much of Minnesota family law has its origins in times when cohabitation outside of marriage was frowned upon and birth outside of marriage was considered scandalous. These attitudes have changed greatly in recent years. Statistics in a new government report show that increasing numbers of couples are choosing to live together in order to raise children without getting married. This shift could mean some changes for family law.

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