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Arguments over politics linked to relationship breakups

Most pundits agree that the political divide in Minnesota and around the country has grown wider since Donald Trump won the presidency in November, and hopes that the country would come together and heal itself after a contentious election campaign have largely been dashed. While most of the nation's media outlets are focusing on how partisan bickering is affecting the economy and America's place on the world stage, a Virginia-based research and polling company decided to look into how the current divisive political climate is impacting relationships.

Wakefield Research asked 1,000 married and unmarried Americans how their relationships were weathering the current divisive political climate, and they found that arguments over partisan issues had caused one in 10 of them to break up. Younger couples seem to be finding it especially difficult to see past each other's political differences. The research firm says that 22 percent of the millennials it polled said that they had separated because of arguments over Trump or other partisan issues. The poll was conducted between April 12 and April 18.

What to do after a divorce is finalized

For many Minnesota couples, going through the divorce process can be very difficult. However, some may have trouble finding their own identity once the divorce papers have been signed. Although it can be difficult for some to start moving in a new direction after the end of a marriage, there are steps they can take in that regard.

First, it is important for those who just had their divorce finalized to mourn if they need to. They should try to work through any lingering feelings they may have to prevent them from bringing this baggage with them when they attempt to move on. In some cases, this may mean going to a therapist or exploring new activities to enjoy without their former spouse.

The facts about divorce after 50

Minnesota residents might have heard about the rising rate of divorce for people over 50. This may become a point of worry for people within this age bracket; however, there are some nuances to consider with these divorce figures.

While the divorce rate for people over 50 has doubled in the last 30 years, from 5 in every 1,000 married people in 1990 to 10 in every 1,000 in 2010, the rate has remained lower than that of married people under 50. Divorce for people over 50 is still only half the rate of those under 50. Because a lot of people over 50 have been married for over 30 or 40 years, the reasons for divorce, and for staying together, are both complicated and somewhat surprising.

The role of the state in child support payments

Minnesota parents who are divorced may have a formal child support agreement in place. This means the state will be in charge of disbursing child support payments as well as enforcing payment. If the parent receiving child support also gets welfare in the form of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the government may be reimbursed using the child support amount, or the amount might be passed to the family.

According to research, custodial parents who are on welfare are also more likely to receive child support when there is more pass-through of child support. Furthermore, more generous policies in this regard help families better transition to work from welfare, encourage fathers to pay support, and lead to families' greater financial security.

Resources used by state agencies to find non-custodial parents

Child custody matters can be complex no matter which state a family resides in, even when both parents are involved in the child's life. Some custodial parents in Minnesota and across the U.S., however, may be faced with the task of locating the non-custodial parent for the purpose of collecting child support. In these cases, parents may need to utilize outside resources, such as a state child support enforcement agency, to track down the non-custodial parent.

According to legal professionals, there are many resources individuals and organizations can use to determine a non-custodial parent's address. Enforcement agencies may attempt to contact the individual's friends and relatives, current or past employers, and financial institutions. Social networking sites, including Facebook, may also be a useful location tool. In certain situations, a state enforcement agency may utilize an online database, such as the State Directory of New Hires, which is part of the State Parent Locator Service.

Dealing with substance abuse during custody disputes

Minnesota parents who are no longer with their former partner due to the ex's drug or alcohol abuse may worry about their child's well-being, especially if that person has some visitation rights. Because the court will take substance abuse into consideration, these types of allegations can make a custody dispute more complex.

Parents can bring up their substance abuse concerns during a child custody hearing. However, if they believe the child is in immediate danger due to their ex's substance abuse issues, they should report their concerns to the local child protective services agency. It should be noted that the court may only take action if it is believed that the ex's substance abuse hinders the ability to provide proper care for the child.

When you are charged with financially exploiting the vulnerable

Certain crimes stigmatize even when the accused person has behaved in a dutiful, above-board manner. One of these is financial exploitation of vulnerable adults, often by a guardian or conservator.

If you are accused of stealing from another person you may face a theft charge. If the state accuses you with stealing from an elderly or disabled person, the charges and penalties are much more serious. 

How to handle planned vacations to minimize disputes

Minnesota parents who share children but who do not live with each other often have custody and parenting time issues that arise. Spring and summer breaks may especially be problematic as the parents plan vacations for their children. There are some steps that parents can take to try to minimize disputes so that they and their children can enjoy their vacations.

When parents are separated, it is very important that they plan their vacations far in advance. This allows the other parents to plan their own vacations so that the vacation times don't conflict. The communication about vacation plans should be completed in writing so that there is a written record. This is very important in case a parent later tries to modify the orders because a vacation deviated from the normal child custody routine.

Man taken into custody after argument

A man was charged with felony drug possession after two meth pipes were found among his possessions while being processed at a Minnesota jail. The case began when police were called to Profinium Bank in Fairmont. While there, they talked to a woman who had gotten into an argument with the 25-year-old over money. The woman claimed that the man tried to block her from leaving with his vehicle, but that he left after she threatened to call police.

Police were later called to the intersection of Highway 15 and Johnson Street where the man and his vehicle were spotted by a state trooper. The man, the woman and police went to the woman's home so that the man could get his clothes. While there, the man and woman got into another argument that required police intervention. The man reportedly took a laptop that did not belong to him and broke it in the presence of an officer.

Why to ask for a modification to a child custody order

Minnesota parents have the option of petitioning the court to have their current child custody arrangement modified if they believe they have valid reasons to do so. However, parents should keep in mind that that judges will always base their decisions on what it in the best interest of the child and will closely examine the reasons provided for wanting to alter a current arrangement.

The court may consider modifying a child custody arrangement if there is evidence that the child is in danger while in his or current residence. Factors that will be considered will include whether domestic violence has occurred in the home, if the child is in imminent danger and if the child has demonstrated a willingness to leave the home.

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