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The right approach to child custody disputes in Minnesota

From the moment two parents in Minnesota decide to divorce, decisions will need to be made regarding how their child will be cared for. While the divorce proceedings are ongoing, a temporary child custody and visitation agreement may be necessary to ensure the child's needs are being met and that the child is able to maintain a relationship with each parent. And, once the divorce is complete, a legally enforceable child custody and visitation order will be established. This order will be based on the best interests of the child, but it is important that both the custodial and non-custodial parents' rights are upheld as well.

Can you mediate child custody issues?

Parents in Minnesota must work together when raising their child, and this remains true even if parents decide to divorce. Unfortunately, divorce doesn't always bring out the best in people, and arguments regarding child custody may surface. Some parents might think the only way to resolve a child custody dispute is to go before a court and have the judge issue an order. However, there is another option that may be available to some: mediation.

Understanding how to prepare for court during a divorce

For a number of Minnesota residents, it is possible that the divorce process is their first interaction with the court system. Because divorce can be a stressful time, many divorcing individuals may wonder what to expect, what to do and how to act in court. The time a divorcing couple spends in court can, of course, impact the outcome of the divorce, which is why understanding the importance of the court process is helpful for anyone navigating the potentially challenging process of divorce.

Potential changes to alimony pass Minnesota house committee

A recent post here discussed the topic of alimony and concerns it has brought up in some Minnesota communities. A Minnesota House committee recently approved a bill that could change the way alimony is paid in Minnesota. Under the new bill, permanent alimony for a former spouse could end if the former spouse moves in with a romantic partner. The new bill would allow for the modification or termination of spousal maintenance if the former spouse receiving alimony begins living with another person, but was not cohabiting when the alimony was awarded.

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