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Important points about paternity in Minnesota

For Minnesotans, the term "paternity" means more than just the establishing of the biological father of a child. It is an important factor in parental rights and the relationship between father and child. It also helps with making certain that the child is adequately cared for whether there is a relationship between the child and the father or not. There are important points that must be remembered when it comes to paternity.

Keeping the holidays for the children post-divorce

The holiday season, for many in the Twin Cities, is a time for family. However, families are complicated, particularly if a couple is divorced. And, the more complicated one's family situation is, the more complicated the holidays become. This is especially true if children are involved. Will the child eat turkey with mom and leave cookies and milk out for Santa with dad? Will the child try to split each holiday between each parent? All of this can be a headache and a heartache during what is already an emotional time of year.

What will one's financial picture look like post-divorce?

Minnesota residents may be surprised to hear that since 1990, the divorce rate for couples over 50-years-old has doubled. This is especially significant because many of those couples are nearing retirement and have built up a significant amount of assets. There are ways, however, to preserve one's finances after a divorce.

Can visitation rights be granted to non-parents in Minnesota?

When parents in Minnesota are no longer together as a couple, one of the most contentious issues that arises often has to do with visitation rights. Other situations can muddle this even further such as grandparents' rights or the rights of others to see the child. State law grants visitation rights to people who are not the parent of the child in certain circumstances. Understanding how the law handles this is an important factor in maintaining the relationship with children.

Attorneys in Minnesota can help parents understand child support

After parents in a Minnesota divorce, they still both share the duty of providing for the child financially. If the child resides with one parent, that parent is providing for the child financially by giving the child food, clothing, shelter and paying for the many incidental expenses that come with a well-rounded childhood. In addition, the noncustodial parent also contributes to the raising of the child through child support.

Birds-nesting: a unique child custody arrangement

Parents in Minnesota divorce may decide that they want to share joint custody of their child. If this is the case, they may assume that the child will have two homes, one with each parent. However, some find that the constant back-and-forth between households is hard on the child and hard on the parents. Therefore, some may choose a more unique child custody arrangement: birds-nesting.

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