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For any parent, deciding on a particular school for your child can be a difficult and tedious decision. Parents take many things into account such as school rankings, extracurricular activities, school transportation, and the distance from home. For parents who share legal custody, the decision regarding school choice can be even more complex and conflicted if the parties do not agree.  Court will take into account numerous factors and considerations when deciding on a school.…
We live in the age of technology. In the last ten years, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become increasingly popular. Social media has become a convenient way to stay connected with friends and family with the touch of a button. It is common for many people to post things about their lives or recent happenings. However, amidst a legal proceeding, a post, message, picture, or tweet can have a great…
Whether amicable or contentious, divorce is a costly proposition. In addition to court costs, this process can deliver significant expenses related to housing, child support, spousal maintenance, and more. If you’re already starting to feel the impact on your wallet, consider implementing these tactics to keep costs to a minimum: Select the Right Process For Your Situation Your approach to divorce can play a huge role in its ultimate price tag. Court-based divorces tend to…
Child support and spousal maintenance can bring notable financial complications to any divorce, but this is even more true of splits involving service members. A few of the most notable concerns related to military-based support are highlighted below: Determining Earnings And Payments Military members and civilians largely pursue the same approach for determining child support and spousal maintenance. In both cases, requirements are dictated by the state in which the spouse paying support resides. The…
Child custody and parenting time arrangements vary dramatically from one couple to the next. When resolved in court, these matters largely come down to the best interests of the child. This can be frustrating for parents, who may disagree vehemently on what, exactly, constitutes a child’s best interests. In Minnesota, courts typically take the following factors into account: Parenting Ability While Minnesota courts generally maintain that it is in the best interest of most children…
The decision to divorce can be painful, but it only represents the beginning of a difficult process. Next: serving papers to your soon-to-be ex-spouse. If you don’t anticipate working together to arrive at an agreement, you will need to select the appropriate forms and notify your ex promptly. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. Preparing Necessary Forms In Minnesota, forms related to divorce reference a ‘dissolution of marriage.’ If you initiate the legal…
When most people picture adoption, they imagine new parents meeting and getting to know kids for the first time. In reality, however, many adults are strongly bonded to the children in their lives long before they undergo the adoption process. Making such relationships official can provide a greater sense of stability while also granting a variety of legal rights and responsibilities. Legal Implications of Stepparent Adoption When a stepparent adopts a child, the legal relationship…
While most Minnesota custody proceedings involve birth parents, third parties occasionally play a role in this process. Generally, Minnesota courts emphasize the best interests of the child, which include maintaining strong relationships with both parents. In select circumstances, traditional parental custody might not be ideal for vulnerable children — particularly if birth parents hold a history of abuse or neglect. In such situations, the custody of a third party such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle,…
Grandparents may be valued members of Minnesota families, but many are surprised to discover their rights restricted when the parents of their grandchildren divorce, separate, or pass away. Visitation is by no means guaranteed, but Minnesota grandparents can petition local courts for the right to spend time with their grandchildren. When determining custody and visitation rights, Minnesota courts emphasize children’s best interests. Courts will not award visitation if time spent with grandparents is deemed potentially…
A criminal record can make it difficult to find employment and housing in Minnesota. Thankfully, the state provides a process for limiting access to criminal history. Known as expungement, this option involves the sealing of specific court records. As local courts emphasize, expunged records are not destroyed. Police officers and other public officials retain access after records have been expunged. However, expungement remains a valuable option for Minnesota residents in search of a fresh start.…