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How Minnesota courts evaluate the best interests of children

Every year in Minnesota, courts make thousands of judgments about child support and child custody. In every case, they are required to consider the best interests of the child or children involved. This involves understanding each family's case in a way that allows a judge to determine the best way to keep the divorce from affecting the child in the most negative ways and, hopefully, providing a way for the child to adapt and grow even in the most trying circumstances.

Delta Air Lines lowers cost of healthcare for same-sex couples

Same-sex partners often face many legal issues if they reside in states where same-sex marriage is not recognized. Therefore, Delta Air Lines, one of the largest employers in Minnesota, recently updated its healthcare coverage for employees in same-sex relationships. According to this new policy, employees covered under the airline's healthcare plans will no longer pay taxes associated with healthcare coverage. In fact, the airline announced it will shoulder the tax obligation, helping same-sex couples achieve universal healthcare coverage at a lower cost.

What happens after a positive paternity test result in Minnesota?

Establishing paternity is often the first step in many family law cases with children involved. Therefore, parents or the court may request DNA testing in order to determine paternity. A man may also voluntarily take a paternity test to establish parental rights over a child. Laws pertaining to paternity testing in Minnesota were discussed in detail in our previous post. This post will discuss what happens in the event of a positive paternity test result.

What is the paternity determination process in Minnesota?

According to federal and Minnesota laws, protecting a child's best interests is family court's primary objective. To protect those interests, the court often addresses paternity of a child because paternity is closely linked with various child-related family law issues, such as child custody and visitation rights, child support and parental rights. The laws governing paternity determination are contained in Chapter 257, Section 62 of the Minnesota Statutes.

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