While it may seem hard to believe, thousands of kids across the state of Minnesota have already started the school year, with the remainder slated to board school buses and file back into their classrooms in less than a week. While most kids are understandably reluctant to start another year of reading, writing and arithmetic, they typically adjust after a relatively short amount of time and pick up right where they left off.
In the area of family law, there is at least one statistic that most everyone can recite from memory: 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. While this number has fluctuated somewhat over the years, the simple truth remains that half of married couples will likely end up parting ways despite taking such seemingly productive measures as trial separations or marriage counseling.
Now that economic conditions are starting to improve here in Minnesota and across the nation, people are feeling more comfortable making major purchases, planning vacations and, of course, remodeling their homes. However, a recently released study by the home renovation and redecorating website Houzz reveals that while this remodeling may not be putting undue strain on people's wallets, this may not be the case concerning their marriages.
From helping mothers secure much-needed child support to helping fathers gain their desired visitation rights, there is simply no disputing just how important paternity tests can prove to be in family law matters.
At approximately 12 a.m. this morning, Minnesota officially became the 12th state to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. Specifically, the law signed by Governor Mark Dayton back on May 14 now permits "civil marriages" between any two people regardless of their sexual orientation and clears the way for these same-sex couples to enjoy a host of benefits to which they were previously denied access.