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Stopping child support payments

Many Minnesota parents depend on child support payments from a former spouse or partner. In some cases, however, a custodial parent may opt to stop these payments. There are several reasons a parent may choose to turn down financial support, but they are usually due to a change in circumstances for one or both parties.

Minnesota parents who owe child support

The Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act is a federal law that punishes parents who move to another state with the purpose of willfully failing to make child support payments. As a federal law, the act applies to residents of all states, and a DPPA action can be brought in any federal court in any state.

African-Americans more likely to be wrongfully convicted

A study indicates that African-Americans living in Minnesota and around the country are far more likely that whites to be wrongly convicted of a variety of types of crimes. The study, which was completed by the National Registry of Exonerations, determined that African-Americans were 12 times as likely to be falsely convicted of drug charges and seven times as likely to be erroneously convicted of murder when compared to whites.

Popular actress faces divorce, custody battle

Minnesota movie lovers and comic book fans alike probably know who Scarlett Johansson is but may not know much about her personal life. This is likely deliberate as the star likes privacy, but a few details about her life are emerging as she begins the process of her second divorce.

Protecting children from a child custody dispute

The most profound changes to result from a divorce are often experienced by the children. In Minnesota courts, a judge may acknowledge this during litigation and provide a special lawyer for the children who is focused on only on their best interests. However, a divorcing couple is best positioned to smooth the transition for their children.

Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson reworking custody agreement

Minnesota residents who follow the lives of celebrities may be interested in news about a former celebrity couple. Actress Kate Hudson and her ex-husband Chris Robinson are going to court to have their child custody agreement reevaluated. The request for the reevaluation came from Robinson, and Hudson will have to pay the bill for it.

Poorer outcomes for Minnesota children without child support

Based on data from a 2017 report to Congress, parents paid more than $32 billion in child support through the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in fiscal 2015. In spite of this very large number, a significant number of parents are not receiving the payments they are owed. Payments may be late or never come at all.

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