In recent years, America has experienced a "gray divorce" trend. The gray divorce trend refers to the fact that more people are getting divorced later in life than ever before. Now, an analysis of U.S. Census data from the Minnesota Population Center has provided some hard numbers to substantiate the trend.
Minnesota parents facing the end of a marriage have a lot of issues to work through. At this time of year, one of the issues they may be thinking about is the income tax exemption for dependent children. Once the divorce is final and the parents are filing separate returns, who gets to claim the exemption and the tax credits that go with it?
During the Minnesota divorce process, emotions can run high and acrimony can often hinder efforts to resolve the case. In Minnesota, courts have long encouraged the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes to facilitate settlements. In 2004, the courts began pilot programs to try out a process called Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) in family law cases. The ENE program has now been established in a number of counties in Minnesota, and focuses on child custody, parenting time and financial issues.
When Minnesota divorced parents live in different states, there may be an issue as to which state has jurisdiction over a child custody dispute. The resolution of this question will ordinarily be decided by application of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJA). Almost every state, including Minnesota, has enacted the UCCJA.