Did you know that the month of August is recognized in Minnesota as Child Support Awareness Month? This means that all this month, there will be even stronger efforts being made to help parents understand and appreciate the importance of making financial contributions to the life and well-being of children.
The unfortunate reality is that lower income, noncustodial fathers often find themselves facing a societal bias when it comes to child support, meaning many people naturally assume that they will either have trouble making payments or fail to provide any support whatsoever.
Last week, we discussed how the recent decision of a House Committee in Idaho not only threatened the fate of a long awaited and carefully structured international treaty on child support, but also the state's child welfare system.
A unique family law issue is currently playing out in the state of Idaho that has implications not just for the Gem State, but for the U.S., the European Union and at least 32 other nations.
This week, we'll conclude our discussion of the circumstances under which payee parents -- those receiving child support -- and payor parents -- those making child support payments -- can request a modification of a child support order here in Minnesota.
In a previous post, we started discussing what happens when circumstances change for divorced parents, such that the one parent encounters difficulty meeting their obligations or the other parent needs additional financial assistance to help cover the costs of raising the child.
Upon the conclusion of a divorce, many parents -- typically those awarded visitation rights in lieu of primary physical custody -- will be ordered to pay child support and will therefore have to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that they can meet these obligations going forward.
Even though it will almost certainly result in some major lifestyle changes and often require an exceptional amount of patience, there is perhaps no more joyous occasion in a person's life than the birth of a child.
While you are more than likely accustomed to seeing recreational vehicles traveling on the interstate or parked at highway rest stops, you might do a double take if you noticed one parked outside the local courthouse. Now, imagine how shocked you'd be if this RV was painted bright pink, and manned by people in teal shirts handing out fliers to those exiting the courthouse.