Is Minnesota child support law changing in 2018?


In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature modified state child support law such that it is determined based on five factors: Parent A’s gross monthly income; Parent B’s gross monthly income; The monthly cost for day care, if any; The monthly cost for medical and dental insurance coverage, if any; and The amount of parenting time the […]

In which legal situations do grandparents have visitation with their grandchildren?


It was discussed in the prior blog post that federal and state laws protect the parent-child relationship because it is a paramount right for parents to choose to raise their children with or without grandparent involvement. The United States Supreme Court in the Troxel case solidified how parents choose how much or how little grandparents […]

Do grandparents have a right to see grandchildren over a parent’s objections?


Children who have active grandparents in their lives are especially fortunate because they have even more loving adults in their lives.  Grandparents are not always valued by parents because they may feel threatened by their importance.  On the other hand, some grandparents feel they know best and they should be treated as another parent and […]

Is it possible to reopen a divorce?


Once a judge signs a divorce Decree finalizing a divorce, that divorce is final.  Parents occasionally need to modify the parenting time schedule which is normal as children get older.  They may also feel they need to modify legal custody or physical custody because of certain events making the change in the best interests of […]

What is a standby custodian?


We know parents love their children unconditionally and always try to do what is best for them. But sometimes events and situations happen in a parent’s life where they may be unable to take proper care of their children. When times such as these happen, parents may want to designate a standby custodian to step into […]

Are there online tools to help with parent communication?


Co-parenting is rarely easy, especially when there is a contentious relationship with an ex-partner.  You may be concerned about your ex’s parenting abilities, ability to get the kids to activities and event, or feel worn down by unending conflict.  But co-parenting amicably gives children the structure, stability, security, and close relationships with both parents they […]

What professionals can help in custody and parenting time cases?


Some parents are unable to agree where children should live, go to school or what parenting time schedule they should follow.  In those instances, they are leaving it up to a judge to decide.  That judge, who needs relevant information in order to assess such life changing decisions, may want the parents to provide a […]

How do I repair my credit after a divorce?


A divorce triggers the division of all of a couple’s debts and assets such as real estate, vehicles, credit cards and retirement. No matter how financially stable they were prior to the divorce, the couple often walks away with less than half of their assets and more debt than they may be able to afford. […]

Where do I find Minnesota laws online?


The Office of the Revisor of Statutes is an office created by the Minnesota Legislature to serve as the compiler of Minnesota Statutes, Laws, and Rules.  It is a nonpartisan office what provides a wealth of information on its website for the public to use.  One of the primary services the Office provides is access […]

What is a Guardian ad Litem?


A Guardian ad Litem is a person with specifically required training who is assigned to a court case.  He or she serves as an advocate for a child when the child’s welfare is a matter of concern for the court. The phrase legally means “guardian of the lawsuit.”  Guardians ad Litem provide a voice for a […]

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