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April 2014 Archives

Minnesota single fathers not automatically given child visitation

One of the strongest family bonds is that between a father and his child, no matter where they are, Minnesota included. While a father has emotional ties and is vested in a personal connection with a child, he also has legal responsibilities with respect to the child's welfare, which is why fathers often are required to support their children even if they do not live under the same roof. If there ever is a dispute about the identity of a child's biological father, a genetic test can be conducted to determine whether a man actually is the father and thus what his parental responsibilities and parental rights are in relationship to the child.

Minnesota professor says gay marriage upholds sound values

With the debate about gay marriages and same-sex relationships still raging across the U.S., Minnesota continues to be a place that appears to have progressed beyond many other states in its perception and acceptance of such marriages. From the discussions of family law regarding granting legal recognition to married same-sex couples obtaining the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts, Minnesota always has played a key role.

Are divorce rates rising for older Minnesota couples?

Many Twin Cities residents have probably heard the oft-quoted statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. But the divorce rate among older Americans has been rising rapidly, according to a new study by the Minnesota Population Center. The report states that the rate of divorce among couples aged 60 to 65 has been climbing steadily. At the same time the rate of divorce among younger couples in their twenties and thirties has dropped significantly. This does not necessarily mean relationships of younger couples are more stable; a large number of young people cohabit without marriage, and the study shows those relationships are less stable than marriage.

Audit shows Minnesota failed to enforce child support rule

The State of Minnesota has, for the most part, exhibited considerable consideration and sensitivity in the past in matters involving child care and support. It is always in the best interests of the child for his or her parents to take financial responsibility for the welfare of the child and the everyday expenses necessary for the child's well-being. When parents are unable to do so, state and federal programs provide an essential safety net.

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