It can certainly be frustrating not to receive the child support the family court has ordered. For a custodial parent who relies on that money to meet the children's basic needs, the holidays can be a particularly exasperating time for your kids' other parent to come up short. It can put you in a tough position: Do you take the other parent to court right before a big family holiday? Or do you skimp on presents while the other parent seems to have plenty of cash?
Thanks to state and federal laws, child custody cases in Minneapolis and throughout the rest of the country are fairly clear-cut. Still, each dispute presents its own set of circumstances that can alter the outcome.
After a divorce, there often are hard feelings. While some Minnesota couples might want to shut themselves off from their ex-spouse, it's impossible to do so when children are involved. Child custody issues, however, can run smoothly between spouse, ex-spouses and even new spouses if parents and any stepparents sit down and address issues of importance.
In many families throughout Minnesota, grandparents are playing a major role in providing for their grandchildren. According to the AARP, 25 percent of grandparents polled said they spent over $1,000 a year on their grandkids. About 37 percent said they regularly contribute money to help cover the daily cost of living.
Divorce and child custody cases that involve abuse accusations need to be handled with special care. In cases in which one party in a divorce is skilled at manipulating the judicial system, the other party is at an increased risk of being victimized, especially if there is a history of domestic abuse. Divorce attorneys can help their clients understand how to behave during a child custody dispute, especially if the opposing party is manipulative.
While lawmakers are wrangling to resolve Minnesota's budget, questions remain for many individuals facing criminal charges about how the potential shutdown may affect them. The good news is that the shutdown is likely to have little impact.