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In all divorce proceedings in Minnesota where there are contested issues of custody and/or parenting time, the parties are required to participate in a “parent education program.”
When determining whether to terminate a parents rights to his or her child, the court looks to the child’s best interests. The judge must look at each child as an individual and cannot merely assume that a parents prior conduct will automatically justify termination, even if that conduct resulted in termination of rights regarding a different child.
Children are a huge source of love in our lives; they can say one sentence, bring a huge smile to our face, and remind us of the innocence of childhood. Children all deserve that time of play, laughter, and fun as they grow up. This article addresses what parents and other loved ones can do to support children before, during and after a divorce.
By agreeing to the Parents Promise I am accepting responsibility as a parent to provide the best environment possible during this transition for my child.
Always be aware of your behavior first. Ask yourself Am I acting in the best interest of my child? Read the Parents Promise. Tell your child you love them through your actions and your words on a consistent basis. Give yourself reminders if you need to.
There are two ways to terminate a parental rights, voluntarily and involuntarily. A voluntary termination is agreed upon by both parents whereas an involuntary termination may occur without either parents consent.
Minnesota courts look at many factors in deciding spousal support amounts. A spouse may be entitled to maintenance if he or she cannot support himself or herself despite any marital property received after distribution. Financial resources, employment, education and the personal circumstances of each spouse are considered. A court examines several factors to determine if maintenance is appropriate, and if so, how much and for how long. They include (1) the duration of the marriage, (2) the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, (3) each spouse's age and health, (4) each spouse's assets, income or ability to earn income, (5) the time needed for the requesting spouse to receive training or education and obtain sufficient employment in order to support himself or herself and (6) the owing spouse's ability to pay. A court can order temporary support while the divorce is pending. Most maintenance is ordered for a specific length of time. Once maintenance is ordered, it can be modified upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.
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