By Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. | Published November 28, 2022 | | |
Pop culture and media have contributed to the assumption that mothers have an advantage when it comes to custody. Legally speaking, that is not true: both parents have an equal right to request custody and visitation. The determining factor is whether custody and visitation is “in the best interests of the child.” Why do people Read MoreRead More
At the outset of any child custody case, it is important to take certain steps to get prepared and be more likely to find a successful outcome. Here’s a quick overview of some of the steps you can take to position yourself for success. Separate accounts: If you are sharing accounts, it’s best to cancel Read MoreRead More
Many divorced parents who do not have custody of their children believe their obligations to pay child support ends at 18. But this may or may not be the case, depending on the language of your divorce decree and your child’s aspirations for a post-secondary education (be it college, trade school, associate’s school or otherwise). Read MoreRead More
If a person fails to pay child support, there is a possibility they could face jail time, should they continue to fail to meet their obligations. This happens if they become held in contempt of court. Here’s what you need to know. Seeking contempt of court Any time a person fails to obey a court Read MoreRead More
There are a variety of methods parents can use to enforce child support orders when the noncustodial parent becomes delinquent. One of those methods is to seize money from tax refunds or government payments. Here’s an overview of what you should know. Certain government payments can be garnished The Treasury Offset Program allows state child Read MoreRead More
When two parents get divorced, one parent may be required to pay child support in an amount either determined by the court or agreed upon in negotiations and then approved by a judge. In the state of Minnesota, those child support agreements are enforced by the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED), a unit within the Read MoreRead More
There are some circumstances in which a divorcing couple is able to process their divorce without a whole lot of conflict and court appearances. If you and your spouse are able to sit down, negotiate amicably and work out the terms of your divorce efficiently, you could seek an uncontested divorce. The benefit of an Read MoreRead More
If you were injured on the job and receive workers’ compensation benefits, this money could potentially impact the division of your assets and your child support arrangements during a divorce. The way in which that award would affect your divorce can vary based on how your state treats workers’ compensation. For example, workers’ compensation may Read MoreRead More
There are many myths that surround child support in divorce proceedings, including misconceptions on how judges determine support arrangements and responsibilities for payments. We’ve collected a few of the most common myths about child support we’ve come across to set the record straight. MYTH: If the parties agree, child support can be waived. Even in Read MoreRead More
A person who does not make child support payments in accordance with the court order will still be held responsible for fulfilling their support responsibilities. In some cases, back child support payments may also include interest charges and other fees added on top of the money owed. States typically have jurisdiction over handling back child Read MoreRead More
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