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January 2016 Archives

Defense strategies vary in sexual assault cases

Sexual assault cases are some very difficult cases for everyone involved. It is crucial that anyone who is facing sexual assault charges takes a firm stance against the accusations. The harsh reality is that if you are convicted of the charges, you are facing a very different life because you will have a violent, sex-related conviction on your record.

Falling behind on child support? You could face serious penalties

In our last post, we discussed the fact that in Minnesota, parents can be denied education grants if they are behind on child support payments. However, this is just one penalty that can be triggered when support payments are missed.

Has your child been accused of a crime?

When a child is charged with a crime, a different set of rules will apply to the legal proceedings. In our state, those rules are called the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Procedure. In some respects, the law and punishments associated with conviction are a little bit more lenient on the younger population. However, they can also be stricter -- like when it comes to underage drinking and underage DUI, for example.

Couple facing media attention in high asset divorce

Getting a high asset divorce can be difficult, but having that divorce reported about in the media has got to be absolutely awful. Two people who are experiencing this are Nader and Jibil Kazeminy. They are originally from Iran and left the country during the 2008 Islamic revolution. The husband is said to be worth either tens of millions of dollars or hundreds of millions, depending on whom you believe. The couple settled in Minnesota and lived together for a number of years before the divorce action started.

LGBT divorce, child custody and asset division

It doesn't matter if you are gay, straight, lesbian or transsexual. If you are married, then you have entered a legally binding contract based on your love of another person, so when that contract comes to an end, there will be intense emotional challenges to overcome. More importantly in some respects, there will also be legal hurdles and challenges to resolve. That said, LGBT couples do face some specific legal challenges that straight couples will never know.

Having back-due child support can lead to student grant holds

When a person is experiencing difficulties when it comes to paying child support, it is vital for them to not ignore the problem and simply hope it will resolve itself. Ignoring the problem could result in a person building up significant past-due child support. This could negatively impact their family in many ways. It could also have some major consequences for them personally.

Can a person face a license revocation for a drug crime?

License suspensions and revocations are consequences one generally associates with DUI and traffic crimes. However, DUI and traffic cases are not the only cases that can raise driver's license issues. For example, here in Minnesota, under certain circumstances, a person can end up having their driver's license revoked for a time in relation to a drug crime conviction.

Residency and child custody

One thing that it can be very important for a parent to be aware of when splitting up with or getting divorced from their child’s other parent is how the details of their situation, their ex's situation and their children's situation could impact child custody matters. Lacking the right information in this regard could make confident decision-making very challenging in custody matters, leave a parent confused when going through child custody proceedings and make a parent more prone to child-custody-related missteps.

Federal government involved in child support laws in Minnesota

In Minnesota, the federal government has a say in what child support laws are passed. In 1975, the federal government became involved and enacted laws that established a uniform minimum standard that all state systems needed to adhere to. The goal was to avoid so many requests for public assistance.

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