Divorce can be excruciating for the couple separating, but when children are involved, the depth of the pain only increases because of the long term impact on the impressionable kids who did not have a say in the decision. Developing a child custody arrangement that works for the entire family is a very important part of the divorce process when children are involved. Read Full Post
One of the most contentious parts of a divorce is determining child support. If you are at the beginning of this process, you may have questions about how child support amounts are determined and what you should expect as a part of this process. Here is some basic information to get you started. Read Full Post
Divorce mediation is a very effective method of sorting out all of the necessary issues related to a divorce. However, it is sometimes overlooked as divorcing couples rush into fighting it out in court. It is very common for a divorce to stir up many emotions for both parties, making it difficult to agree on the terms of the separation.
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Among all issues that must be settled during a divorce, the issue of child support is always complicated, difficult and often times deeply rooted in conflict. Each party has their own view on how and whether child support payments are necessary and strong opinions about how much should be granted. As a divorcing couple, you have a choice when it comes to settling issues like child support, division of assets and property and even child custody. You can navigate the traditional court system with a lawyer and engage in a court battle, or you can try to use mediation as a tool to find solutions that work for all parties. Lisa Kallemeyn, of Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn, can help you decide which avenue is best for you and your family and can even help you no matter which route you take. Lisa is a trained mediator as well as a divorce attorney and she can support you in either role (just not both!) and works with divorcing couples in the Coon Rapids, Blaine, Ham Lake, Andover, Anoka, Champlin, MN area. Read Full Post
Minnesota courts say they take the “best interest of the child” to determine custody. Although this is great to hear, many people wonder what are the factors that determine that decision. In Minnesota, there are 13 parameters that determine this they are: Read Full Post
Going through a divorce is extremely difficult, and when the two of you are parents, this makes it even more difficult. Determining who has custody, or working out joint legal custody is often what creates the most tension between divorcing couples.
Under Minnesota law, there are two types of child custody, legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is defined as “the right to make decisions about how to raise the child, including decisions about education, health care, and religious training.” Physical custody is defined as “the right to make decisions about the routine day-to-day activities of the child and where the child lives.” Read Full Post