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Child Custody
A new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin revealed that children of divorce might develop a more insecure relationship with their parents if the divorce occurs at a young age. Two graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pioneered the study, and its goal was to determine how the timing of...
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No. Child support and parenting time are considered two separate issues. A parent cannot deny parenting time to the other because that parent is not paying child support or is behind on their child support payments. Attached to all court orders dealing with child support and/or spousal maintenance is a document called Appendix A. Appendix...
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We’ve written about effective communicative technologies during a divorce on this blog before, but many people are unaware of how common it is for electronic correspondences to make their way into the court room.  A recent study by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers found that some sort of social media evidence was used in...
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Yes.  People other than parents may be granted parenting time, depending on the circumstances. Oftentimes we see a grandparent request parenting time with a grandchild.  Usually, the courts will expect that a grandparent will exercise parenting time on the parent’s parenting time, and not have court ordered time of their own.  This may not be...
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A recent story out of Connecticut has raised legal and ethical questions about the rights of a surrogate parent who has entered into a contract with a couple seeking a child. Crystal Kelley agreed to become a surrogate for a couple who wanted a child, but complications arose when a five-month ultrasound revealed fetal abnormalities. ...
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Sometimes divorces and child custody battles escalate if one party gets angry with the other.  This can leave one partner fearing for their safety or the safety of their children.  To protect against the possibility of physical or verbal abuse, Minnesota law allows residents to file an Order for Protection (OFP) against a certain individual....
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A Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO (pronounced “Kwa-Drough”) is a technique attorneys use to shift ownership of funds from one party’s retirement account to another.   A  QDRO is typically used to move funds during marriages, child support cases, and spousal support settlements between former and current spouses. The party who owns the retirement account...
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A group of Minnesotans gathered Sunday to protest Russia’s proposed law that would ban American families from adopting Russian children. Senator Amy Klobuchar joined members of the Children’s Home Society and other concerned citizens at the rally that sought to bring attention to the proposed ban. “The demonstration shows that some people in Russia are...
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Minnesota has seen a rise in the adoption of teens due in large part to a refocused effort to find parents for an age group that often gets overlooked during the adoption process. Adopting Teens Teens, siblings and foster children often have a more difficult time getting adopted than infants, but the state is continuing...
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Dealing with family dynamics during the holidays can be stressful for everyone. But when you are divorced and have a child with your ex, it can be almost unbearable for parents and children. Organizing visitation schedules and parenting time for Christmas can be an emotionally charged issue. It’s important in these cases to remain calm...
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