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How is paternity established?

When a child is born in Minnesota, it is obvious you are the mother, but trouble can occur when identifying the legal father. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, paternity must be established for a few reasons. It gives the father rights to the child, allows him to be on the birth certificate and makes the child eligible for any medical insurance the father may have. For mothers, paternity must be established to get child support.

Legal grounds for changing a Minnesota child support order

Whether you are paying or receiving child support in Minnesota, a time may come when you need to modify your existing agreement for some reason or another. At the Huson Law Firm, PLLC, we have a firm understanding of the circumstances that may warrant a change in a child support order, and we have helped many clients navigate the process involved in doing so.

Modification of a child support payments

In most Minnesota divorce cases, the judge orders the non-custodial parent to make child support payments to the custodial parent. These payments are calculated off both parents’ gross income, as well as the medical, educational and child care needs of the child. Although these payments are part of the divorce settlement, they are not set in stone. Child support payments can be modified if certain circumstances come up.

Five most common child support questions, Part 1

Divorce is a complex legal situation. You are mixing family, money, and emotions, which rarely ends well. That being said, divorces are not consigned to end poorly no matter what. You and your ex-spouse mostly control the process. Therefore, you can affect how well or poorly it goes. A lawyer can assist you through the process by addressing the legal angles and walking you through the common issues that divorcing couples need to address. One the most common, and thorny, is child support. This post will go over the basic questions most people raise regarding child support.

Overview of child support, Part 1

Child support is mandatory payments from one spouse to the other. Under the traditional framework, the non-custodial parent would send the payments to the custodial parent. The thinking was that the non-custodial parent is not spending time or money on incidental expenses. Therefore, child support ensures that the other parent continues to contribute to the raising of the child. This post will go over the basics of child support.

Can you un-adopt a child to avoid child support?

Most people understand that if they adopt a child, they are undertaking full parent responsibilities for that child. That means they are required to support them, care for them, and guide them. It also means that if the adopted parent ever divorces the birth parent, the adopted parent owes child support to care for the child. But one petitioner in New York refuses to accept those results and is promulgating a single argument.

Is a court-imposed child support order the only way?

No, it isn't. Some couple can negotiate their child support agreement. However, it is challenging and still subject to court approval. This child support agreements are often referred to as "informal agreements" because they occur outside of traditional judicial procedures. They are negotiated between the spouses and submitted to the court for approval. This post will go over the informal agreements and how you might obtain one.

Do you have to wait for a court to order child support?

Child support is payments that are given by one spouse to the other for the support of their respective child. The money is meant to support the child, therefore; nominally it is given to the parent, legally it is deemed belonging to the child. You cannot obtain child support until after an order is issued by the court. But getting these orders can take months, do you have to go without support for all that time?

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