“Paternity” is defined as the “legal” father of a child. As the legal father, he is obliged to financially support that child until the child reaches adulthood at the age of eighteen. In some cases, the father may have to request a court appearance to schedule parenting time and custody of the child.
In the state of Minnesota, when the child is born and the father is present during the birth, it is at that time, both parents will have signed a Recognition of Parentage. Recognition of Parentage establishes paternity for the purposes of child support. Unless ordered by the Court, the father has no legal binding rights to that child. When a parenting plan is reached between the two parents, it is then in the hands of the Court until the agreement is apart of the Court order. Read Full Post
If you and your partner have decided to move forward with a divorce, you may wonder what your options are for settling important (and difficult) issues such as division of assets, property and debt, child and spousal support payments and the development of a fair and reasonable child custody arrangement. Most couples explore the two most common options for settling a divorce and decide which best meets their needs. The court system is the traditional mechanism for settling divorce and is particularly useful if conflict is high and compromise is unlikely. Mediation is an alternative and highly effective method that can work for couples who are able to solve some problems on their own and do not want to spend significant time and resources on a court battle. The law firm of Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn offers couples in the Coon Rapids, Ham Lake, Anoka and Andover, MN both options for settling a divorce. Read Full Post
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
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
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
Child support cases can be extremely difficult to make it through on your own, especially when you factor in the emotional and mental challenges of a divorce or separation and the potential damage an ugly court case can cause to a child. At Kallemeyn and Kallemeyn, we have years of experience helping to resolve child support issues in and outside of court, helping create reasonable and legally fair child support agreements. If you are in need of a child support attorney for legal representation in court or to help you settle a child support case before it goes to court, we can provide you with Anoka County child support attorney aid, including in Anoka, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Ham Lake and Andover, Minnesota. Read Full Post