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February 2017 Archives

A DNA paternity test can help a mother collect child support

A man who fathers a child in Minnesota will typically be legally obligated to provide financial support for that child until the child reaches the age of majority. When a man denies he is the father of a child, the mother can compel him to submit to blood or DNA testing to determine paternity under Minnesota law.

The right information can be invaluable in child custody matters

When couples in Minnesota divorce, child custody is probably the most wrenching issue emotionally. Parents worry, understandably, about the emotional impact their divorce will have on the kids. And, for the parents themselves, the realization that they may no longer see their children every day can be devastating.

Appeals court affirms conviction for failure to pay child support

Child support is a serious obligation in Minnesota. A parent who fails to pay court-ordered child support can face harsh consequences, including wage garnishment; fines and jail time for contempt of court; driver's license suspension; suspension of hunting and fishing licenses; and suspension of occupational licenses. In certain circumstances, the state or federal government can file criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances, these charges can be misdemeanors or felonies.

What records should a person maintain regarding alimony?

In Minnesota, there are a number of reasons a family court judge may order alimony in a divorce case. Alimony, also called spousal support, is often appropriate when one spouse left the workforce for a period of time to raise children, and needs some financial help to regain self-sufficiency. It may also be ordered when the marriage lasted for many years and one spouse earned significantly more than the other.

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