The summer of 2013 was an exciting time for LGBT couples in Minnesota. Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which forbade the federal government from recognizing a legal same-sex marriage. Two months later, Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage.
Determining fair parenting time is one of the most complicated and emotional tasks that arises during divorce or separation proceedings. Even parents who are on good terms may struggle to come up with a plan that works for both parties, the children, and remains flexible enough to accommodate schedule changes. For many parents, it is often more challenging to achieve this balance during the summer months.
After a divorce, you may find that you want or need to relocate with your child. There are many different reasons you might want to relocate - perhaps you've been offered a new job, remarried, would like to be closer to family members for emotional or financial support, or want to begin a new school or job training program. Whatever the reason, it's important to be aware of Minnesota's rules for relocation after the final custody order has been established.
Mediation should be a smooth process that results in a mutually acceptable divorce agreement. However, mediation can be derailed if one or both spouses are not prepared for the process, do not properly disclose all relevant information or refuse to accept the mediator's guidance.
In both guardianship and adoption, a legal relationship is created to enable a person appointed by the court to take care of a minor child. The guardian or adoptive parent has both physical and legal custody of the child, which includes the physical care of the child and the right and responsibility to make educational, religious, medical and other decisions regarding the child's upbringing. Guardianship or adoption may be necessary if the parents are unwilling or unable to care for their child.