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.
There is an unfortunate tendency to view addiction as something of an all-or-nothing proposition in the area of family law, meaning many people mistakenly assume that they will have no chance of securing any sort of custody or visitation rights in a divorce due to the existence of an underlying substance abuse problem.
In today's post, we'll discuss an area of family law that often takes on added importance during the holiday season: the visitation rights of grandparents.
By far, one of the more hot-button issues among Minnesota lawmakers this year has been the potential legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The issue has emerged due in large to the sustained lobbying efforts of parents whose children are suffering from serious seizure disorders and would likely benefit from the drug.
When your former spouse consistently fails to meet their child support obligations, it's very easy to feel as if you're all alone with your problem and that you have relatively few options.
If you were to take an informal poll of a group of kids between the ages of five to ten to learn what they would eat for dinner every single night if given the choice, there is a very good chance the answer would be unanimous: fast food. Interestingly, one young child's love of a particular fast food chain and his father's subsequent denial of his wish to eat dinner there is now taking center stage in a bitter divorce case that has made headlines across the nation.
When it comes to past due child support, many parents automatically assume that they forfeit their chance to collect any payments once their child reaches the age of 18. However, as demonstrated by the experience of one Midwest mom, this is not always the case.