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When child custody exchanges become dangerous

For Minnesota parents going through a divorce, determining where their children will live and the way in which they will spend their time can be very difficult. Most parents want to spend holidays and special occasions with their children, but coming to an arrangement is necessary for both parties to be able to maintain strong bonds. However, even if the parents can be amicable, tempers often rise during the actual exchange, potentially leading to serious consequences.

Being able to amicably handle child custody disagreements in person is incredibly important. Additionally, parents need to learn how to not hold grudges should the other parent get the kids on certain days. It is imperative that both parents are able to calmly talk to one another when handing the children over to avoid causing anxiety and fear in their kids. If parents cannot do this, they are putting themselves and the children at risk for harm.

Ex-husband of actress Jodie Sweetin files for child support

Minnesota residents who follow celebrity news may be interested in learning that on Jan. 6, Jodie Sweetin's third husband asked for more child support. He claimed that Sweetin's income has increased since their divorce was finalized.

Sweetin and her third husband were married in 2012. They separated a year later but did not get divorced until September 2016. The former couple shares joint legal and physical custody of their 6-year-old daughter. When the two were divorced, Sweetin was ordered to pay her ex-husband $10,000 in addition to dividing up the income they both earned while together, though Sweetin was not ordered to pay child support. At the time, Sweetin claimed that she only made $4,000 a month.

Timing a divorce

Minnesota couples may find that their marital problems have become insurmountable. At that point, they may decide that it is best to divorce. One thing that they should be aware of, however, is that timing can be an important factor in whether a divorce is amicable or contentious. In many cases, both parties benefit when a divorce is amicable, particularly if there are children involved.

There's no one-size-fits-all rule for timing, but it is generally a good idea to avoid filing for divorce during the holidays or in their aftermath. Holidays can be stressful, particularly if one is caring for children who aren't in school, in-laws, and the general disorganization of the season. Similarly, filing for divorce around the time of family celebrations, such as weddings and graduations, can be problematic and can create resentment not only in the other spouse, but in both adult and minor children as well.

$4 million net worth to be split by "Flip or Flop" stars

While many Minnesota viewers have watched Christina and Tarek El Moussa rebuild homes on their reality television show "Flip or Flop", the couple's marriage has fallen into disrepair. With divorce on the horizon, their assets that total approximately $4 million will need to be divided.

Their income currently comes from the proceeds of their home sales and payments of $10,000 each per episode. Speaking fees of $40,000 add to it as well as the profits of their real estate agency. Their home in Yorba Linda possesses a current value of about $3 million. They also reportedly own a yacht that demands $1 million on the market. Expensive vehicles like a Bentley and an Escalade further increase their net worth.

3 Things To Know About Protecting Your Professional License

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The idea of losing your child care license sounds severe, like a last resort the government would pursue to protect children who are at grave risk for abuse or neglect. 

Unfortunately, losing your day care license is much easier than you think. Knowing how to take steps to protect your professional license is all that stands between you and losing your livelihood. 

As you seek to arm yourself with that knowledge, the following three pieces of info are a good place to start. 

Changes to child support rules for prisoners

Minnesota residents who are paying or may someday pay child support might be interested in a change to child support laws that the Obama administration is putting in place. These changes will affect noncustodial parents who have been incarcerated.

President Obama has pushed since 2014 to reform the criminal justice system with the goal of easing inmates' transition from prison back to society. There are many burdens faced by former prisoners, and they are often struggling financially. Child support has historically been a particularly difficult burden for them. Although they make little to no income in prison, they were unable to change their child support orders. This resulted in them typically owing very large sums of child support upon their release.

When noncustodial parents refuse to pay child support

Most Minnesota parents understand that if they have primary or sole physical custody of their children, they are entitled to child support from the noncustodial parent. The child support payments help to pay for the costs of raising the children. In order to receive child support from the noncustodial parent, however, the custodial parent must first locate them in order to get the process started. If the noncustodial parent is avoiding their financial responsibility, this could be difficult.

In order to identify a parent, knowing certain personal information is extremely helpful. This information can include the parent's Social Security number, the child's birth certificate and a copy of the child support order. Additional information, like past and present workplace and residence information can also be useful, as can the noncustodial parent's friends and families members. If the parent can be identified, the state may use tactics to get the child support owed. This may include garnishing wages and withholding state benefits.

Synthetic drug makers try to stay a step ahead of authorities

Media outlets in Minnesota and around the country have covered several stories about the proliferation of dangerous synthetic drugs such as bath salts and spice. These narcotic compounds are developed by drug makers to circumvent federal or state drug laws, and they are often offered for sale in grocery stores and other retail outlets for short periods. The reason that these drugs are usually pulled off store shelves fairly swiftly is because lawmakers generally act quickly to close legal loopholes and update drug laws.

Legislators generally place drugs into one of several categories. Substances that are consumed in their natural state like marijuana make up one of these categories. Natural compounds that are processed into substances like cocaine or heroin are listed as derivatives, and complex chemical formulas such as methamphetamine are classified as synthetics. The challenge facing lawmakers and law enforcement is keeping up with the latest developments in synthetic drug manufacturing and distribution.

Getting divorced after being married for decades

Minnesota residents may be interested to learn that more and more couples who have been married for decades are getting divorced. These splits often occur once the children have left the home and couples realize they are not as in love with each other as they once were.

Although it is becoming more socially acceptable for individuals to get a divorce later in life, taking that step can be difficult especially if they had been married for 20 years or more. Separating a lifetime of assets and finances are not the end. Each person must also figure out how they will continue to support themselves. Additionally, emotional stress can result in anger and hurt feelings. Regardless, there are still ways a married couple can prepare for the end of their marriage.

A parent's relocation after a divorce

After Minnesota parents go through a divorce, one of them may meet a new partner who lives some distance away. That parent may then want to relocate in order to live with the new partner. It is important for both parents in such situations to keep their children's best interests in mind.

Custodial parents who move to new places with their children should consider how the move might affect their kids. Often, children of divorced parents rely on their friends for support. When they move, they lose that and may struggle as a result. Moving away with the children may also interfere with the other parent's visitation time . This may have a damaging effect on the relationships that parent is able to enjoy. It may also result in increased costs for both parents due to travel expenses for the children to visit their other parent.

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