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May 2016 Archives

Making sure child support is calculated fairly

A Minnesota parent's obligation to support his or her child does not end with divorce. A noncustodial parent will generally be required to make monthly child support payments to the custodial parent. The order setting child support will be issued at the same time as the divorce decree, and along with orders relating to other matters including child custody, visitation and spousal support.

What must be included in a Minnesota parenting plan?

It's no secret that divorce can be hard on children. Many divorced Minnesota parents work hard to make sure the end of their marriage doesn't mean the end of a meaningful parent-child relationship. If parents can avoid acrimonious disputes over child custody and visitation, the emotional strain on the kids can be significantly reduced. One way to reduce the likelihood of custody and visitation disputes is by preparing a parenting plan.

State residency requirements for divorce

For people contemplating divorce in Minnesota, one of the threshold issues is whether they meet the residency requirements. Minnesota courts, like those in other states, will generally only exercise their authority over disputes that have some connection with the state. In a divorce case, the Minnesota Legislature has defined the necessary connection in the state's residency requirements.

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