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Can Minnesota seize assets for non-payment of child support?

It takes quite a lot of effort to raise a happy, healthy child after a couple gets divorced. Whether that child is growing up in Ramsey County, Minnesota, or elsewhere, the child needs love, attention, discipline and a ton of support. This includes financial assistance, and that money usually comes in the form of child support from a non-custodial parent. The amount of support is determined by a Minnesota court before a divorce is finalized. But, what happens when a non-custodial parent refuses to honor the financial obligation? Is there any way for a state to force a parent to pay their child support?

Superstar chef wants court to affirm prenuptial agreement

For many couples in St. Paul, Minnesota, divorce is rarely a clean, neat and unemotional process. There are usually many major details that must be taken care of, including alimony, child custody and child support. And, once these main areas have been agreed to, there are all of the additional details that must be hammered out, including dividing up a couple's real estate and financial holdings. But, if a couple has signed a prenuptial agreement, many of the details that are argued over during a divorce can sometimes be settled more quickly. One celebrity chef obviously believes in this idea, since he recently asked a court of law to enforce a prenuptial agreement that he and his actress wife signed when they got married.

Can you stay legally separated in Minnesota?

It is extremely rare for an engaged couple in St. Paul, Minnesota, or anywhere else in the nation, to be concerned about getting divorced. After all, the couple's life together has not even started so it's understandable if they haven't thought about living apart. However, statistics still show that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. This sobering fact means that, despite a couple's best intentions, there is a decent chance that their marriage may not make it to the finish line. But, just because a couple decides to separate, does that mean that they must get officially divorced?

One way that Minnesota courts recognize paternity

These days, many divorced Minnesota fathers are fighting for their rights to be a part of their children's lives. Their marriage to their ex-spouse may be over, or maybe they never got married, but these dads realize how important a father is to a child. But, to be a part of their children's lives, they must first establish paternity. Normally, if a couple was married before they divorced, this is not an issue because Minnesota considers the man to be the father, unless otherwise indicated. What can a man in Minnesota do if he wants to be a father to his children, but he has not been recognized as such by any local or state court?

90s British rocker settles New York child support case

If you ask any St. Paul, Minnesota resident to identify the hardest details to iron out during a divorce, chances are that they'll probably tell you that it is child support. Child support, from both the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent is critical for the proper physical, emotional and psychological development of a child whose parents are divorced. And if both parents cannot agree on the proper amount of child support, then it is usually the child who will suffer the most.

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