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September 2016 Archives

Calculating child support using the 'income shares' method

The state of Minnesota, like every other state in the nation, recognizes that it is both parents' responsibility to provide for their child financially. If a child's parents are divorced or are no longer in a relationship with each other, this generally means that the noncustodial parent will pay child support to the custodial parent.

What is required if parents cannot agree on child custody?

Sometimes, despite their best efforts, parents who are going through a divorce simply cannot see eye-to-eye when it comes to making decisions regarding child custody and visitation. If this happens, they must take classes. Two are required, and then they have a choice as to the third.

Modifying a parenting plan in Minnesota

As discussed in the past on this blog, parents in Minnesota who have gone through a divorce, or are no longer in a relationship with each other, can work together to create a parenting plan, rather than have a court make a child custody and visitation order. However, life rarely stays static and there may be times when a parenting plan needs to be changed to meet the needs of one parent or the other, or to meet the needs of the child. Minnesota statutes recognize this, and address the issue of modification of parenting plans.

Cohabitation can affect spousal support in Minnesota

In the past, this blog has discussed what factors a Minnesota court may consider when awarding alimony. However, a law that took effect on August 1, 2016 may limit the circumstances in which an ex-spouse can receive spousal support if he or she cohabitates with another adult.

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