Child custody is among the most important issues parents deal with in divorce, perhaps the most important. For this reason, child custody disputes can often become quite contentious and can serve as a point of major polarization for parties. When this occurs, the natural reaction of parents is to advocate for my rights as a parent, my time with the children, my qualifications as a parent.
Gone are the days where fathers in Minnesota are automatically court ordered to pay child support for their children. Today, more dads are being awarded child support from women. As more mothers continue to take over the role of primary breadwinner for their families, the child support standards that have long applied to men are now being applied to them.
When families in Minnesota go through the divorce process, the non-custodial parent is often obligated to offer financial assistance in the form of child support. In the event that you are ordered to provide child support, you may be wondering what the penalties are for delinquent payments. To this end, there are a number of serious ramifications that can result, including the possibility of jail time.
Child custody has changed since the days of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver. The '50s ideal of a stay-at-home wife with a husband who was the breadwinner are long gone. Sometimes the law, in the form of the legislature and the courts, are slow to adapt to these changes.
Alimony is a contentious topic. Whether you have been ordered to pay spousal maintenance or are the recipient, the subject tends to inspire strong opinions. Alimony, as it is still commonly referred, is used to provide assistance to a spouse who earned less, or in some cases, no income during the marriage. It is designed to allow them to retain a reasonable standard of living and for some, to reenter the workforce.
One difficult decision for parents of children in a divorce is what to do with their family home. With all that is going on emotionally with the relationships in a divorce, it seems particularly unfair to potentially further destabilize the children by forcing them to move to a new home, but in many cases, it may be necessary.