By Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. | Published October 2, 2023 | | |
If you find yourself at the point where divorce seems inevitable and your marriage is irretrievably broken, consider taking certain measures to prepare yourself for the process. Here are some important steps to consider before filing for divorce: Consult an attorney: Seek the guidance of a divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., who Read MoreRead More
Establishing parentage, also known as paternity, is the legal process of creating a recognized relationship between a child and their parent when no legal relationship previously existed. It is an important step in determining child support obligations and custody rights. In Minnesota, there are different ways to establish parentage depending on the circumstances. Mother’s marital Read MoreRead More
Parents are legally obligated to financially support their minor child, with very limited exceptions. Most parents assume that once the child turns 18, their support obligations will end. In truth, a parent’s support obligations may continue past age 18, or end earlier. Here’s what to expect. Minnesota child support laws In Minnesota, the age of Read MoreRead More
Calculating whether a parent must pay child support and how much depends on a number of factors. What happens when one parent is purposely unemployed or underemployed to avoid paying support? How child support is normally calculated Generally, child support is calculated by the combined gross income of both parents, then allocated based on their 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 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
There are some circumstances in which a person paying child support may attempt to argue that the recipient of the money is misusing the funds intended to go toward raising the children. It is fairly common, for example, for payers to argue the recipient is living off those payments and not seeking employment of his Read MoreRead More
People pay billions of dollars’ worth of child support every year in the United States. Below are some data and statistics you might find interesting on this issue: There are approximately 4 million single custodial parents living in the United States, about half of whom (48.7 percent) have an informal or legal child support agreement Read MoreRead More
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