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What issues does a temporary relief hearing take into account?

Getting a divorce can be very complicated. There are usually a number of issues that must be resolved including alimony, distribution of property, child custody and child support and sometimes these issues can take many months to iron out. That's why in Minnesota divorcing spouses can request a temporary relief hearing during the early stages of a divorce. But what divorce issues does a temporary relief hearing consider?

How does divorce affect life insurance in Minnesota?

Many marital and legal obligations for couples are dissolved in a Minnesota divorce. However, divorce may not automatically extinguish some agreements and responsibilities incurred before the dissolution of the marriage unless state law terminates a specific obligation.

What three components determine Minnesota child support payments?

Child support can become a major source of distress during a divorce. That's frequently because the custodial parent seeks an amount that the non-custodial parent thinks is unfair. However, Minnesota courts use a specific formula in order to determine how much child support should be paid. But what areas of child care does the court take into consideration before establishing this amount?

Minnesota adopts new best interests of the child standards

Minnesota court decisions on child custody are based upon the best interests of the child. The legislature enacted a new list of 12 legal factors to be considered in determining the child's best interests. The new factors took effect on Aug. 1, 2015. These elements apply to all custody cases without making any presumptions as to sole or joint custody. A rebuttable legal presumption still applies in favor of joint legal custody if there is no domestic abuse.

How are grandparents' visitation rights recognized in Minnesota?

Minnesota divorce and visitation issues often involve disputes between the parents over their rights to custody and other matters pertaining to their children. Child custody planning, however, should also incorporate rights legally afforded to grandparents in this state.

Common court forms used during a Minnesota divorce: part 2

One of last month's blogs took a look at common divorce forms that are used in the state of Minnesota. Specifically it examined two forms; a summons and a petition for the dissolution of a marriage. This week's blog will explore two additional divorce forms used in the state. But remember that not every divorce uses every specific divorce form. These are just examples of more common forms used in Minnesota.

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.

Proper drafting of pleadings is essential in child custody cases

Family law rulings on divorce and child custody often depend not only on laws but on interpretations and decisions of the Minnesota Supreme Court. These judicial rulings become precedent that governs how marriages are dissolved, support is awarded or child custody is determined.

What is covered under child support payments?

When courts make decisions on a divorcing couple, whether it is child custody or child support, their primary concern is the best interests of the child. And this philosophy extends into what is covered by child support as well. Despite many people's beliefs, it extends well beyond the basics of food, clothing and shelter.

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