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How joint-custody arrangements work in Minnesota

As in every other state, when a couple in Minnesota with minor children divorces, the final court order usually specifies which parent will gain custody of the children. The order will also describe the noncustodial parent's visitation rights. Very often parents will actually decide on these arrangements on their own before the final divorce order and ask the court to validate their plans. In a joint custody arrangement, both parents have equal rights to physical custody and can decide on how to affect custody and visitation on a weekly or monthly basis.

Paternity disputes may be settled amicably in Minnesota

A Minnesota resident may be involved in a paternity dispute over a minor sometimes. At this point, it is wise to consult an experienced attorney, who can provide sound legal advice. That is because, if a man does not take the legal advice of an experienced attorney, he may end up relinquishing his parental rights. Consulting an experienced attorney will also reduce the time that it takes to establish paternity.

Getting a divorce decree in Minnesota

In Minnesota, a divorce is referred to as dissolution of marriage. In order to apply for divorce, an individual must be living in Minnesota for six months. It is more difficult to get a divorce in the state than to get married. It may take several months before the divorce decree is final.

Rejoice over legalization of same-sex marriage across the U.S.

For a very long time, same-sex marriage was not legal in many states in the U.S. However, a landmark ruling passed by the Supreme Court on June 26 affected all of the prejudices that same-sex couples have to face. Now, same-sex marriage has been legalized in the entire country. The decision was 5-4. The judge, who penned the majority opinion, said that same-sex couples want their dignity to be preserved in the eyes of law, just like heterosexual couples. The Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to equality and dignity.

How hard is it for single fathers to get adequate support?

Traditionally, most child custody cases involving minor children award the mother custody of the child. That situation was acceptable for the generations in which the mother stayed home and raised the children and the father went out to work and financially supported the family.

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