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May 2016 Archives

50 Cent asked to pay more child support

Minnesota residents who are fans of rapper 50 Cent may be interested to learn that he has been asked to make higher child support payments for the care of his 19-year-old son Marquise Jackson. 50 Cent currently pays $6,700 per month to his son's mother Shaniqua Thompkins, and he will be responsible under New York state law for making child support payments until his son turns 21.

If you are accused of mistreatment in a daycare

Minnesota day care providers are held to a high standard of care. They are responsible for toddlers and young children who are typically helpless. Because of this, any allegation of misconduct or maltreatment by day care providers can result in severe penalties, including license revocation and jail.

Ciara wants sole custody of baby Future

Pop music fans in Minnesota may be interested in the custody battle that is going on between singer Ciara and rapper Future. The parents have one son together, also named Future, who turned 2 years old on May 19. Ciara is seeking sole custody, and Future is seeking joint legal custody. Baby Future is Ciara's only child and Future's fourth child. Future has three other children with three different mothers.

Rapper Master P ordered to pay child and spousal support

Minnesota parents who have been involved in divorce disputes might sympathize with the issues that have been grabbing headlines in the ongoing battle between rapper and reality television star Master P and his estranged wife. According to TMZ, the wife received a favorable ruling from a judge in the latest round of their legal skirmish. The court ordered Master P to pay his wife $825,000, which totals his salary for the second season of his show "Master P's Family Empire."

More elderly individuals are heading for divorce

Over the past decade, the divorce rates have remained steady around the country and may actually be declining for the most part. One of the main reasons is because people in Minnesota and throughout the U.S. are generally waiting longer to get married rather than diving into a relationship.

Prenup saves Kaley Cuoco from having to pay spousal support

Minnesota television fans may remember the whirlwind courtship and marriage of Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting more than two years ago. Now the couple has divorced, and after months of negotiations, a financial settlement has been reached. Cuoco has been ordered to pay Sweeting a lump sum payment in installments, plus cover a portion of his legal fees.

2 charged for heroin sales

Two people in Minnesota were taken into police custody on May 2 and charged for selling heroin. The 27-year-old man and 34-year-old woman were detained when a search warrant was executed at a location in Duluth. Authorities had conducted multiple controlled buys and other surveillance efforts during the week leading up to the search and seizure.

The financial ramifications of a divorce

Minnesota couples whose marriages are crumbling may need to take steps to protect themselves from the potential financial devastation of a divorce. On average, it may cost $15,000 to $20,000 for legal and other professional fees alone. People who divorce may need to find a new place to rent and re-equip a household along with paying spousal and child support. It is also necessary for people to protect their share of assets during the divorce process.

Determining pet custody in Minnesota

According to the American Pet Products Association, roughly 80 million American households have a pet. Many Minnesota married couples who don't want to or cannot have children may decide to get a pet in lieu of a son or daughter. Therefore, those couples may treat their pets like children, and they may want shared or sole custody of that pet in the event of a subsequent divorce. However, courts have said little about the issue.

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