Even though the summer is supposedly one of the more carefree times of the year for adults and children alike -- a time devoted to backyard grilling, outdoor living and much-anticipated vacations -- it can sometimes prove to be difficult for divorced parents.
For the last few months, our blog has spent some time discussing how and why parental rights are terminated here in Minnesota. Our purpose in doing so has been to debunk popular misconceptions and provide those who find themselves in these otherwise difficult scenarios with some much-needed answers.
Last week, our blog took a closer look at what the law in Minnesota has to say regarding annulments, which not only result in the legal dissolution of a marriage, but also treat it as having never happened.
One of the primary objectives of our blog has always been to provide readers with a comprehensive and comprehensible look at what the law in Minnesota has to say concerning divorce and other family law matters.
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.
Last week, we started discussing how the legal system here in Minnesota recognizes that divorcing spouses often benefit -- both financially and emotionally -- from resolving matters prior to the commencement of litigation.
While most people understand that divorce litigation can be costly, time-consuming and emotionally taxing, they may fail to appreciate the degree to which this can prove to be the case.
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.
Last fall, we started discussing the legally complex and often emotionally charged issue of paternity in an attempt to help set the record straight on a family law topic that has unfortunately become a plot device for some overly imaginative television shows.