Minnesota’s Children in Need of Protection or Services program (CHIPS) protects children’s welfare, safety and health. Kids might be placed in CHIPS for numerous reasons, such as neglect, abuse, habitual running away or truancy. The state generally attempts to keep children with their biological parents but does place them in foster care if needed.
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Perhaps your previously happy-go-lucky children have now become withdrawn and even hostile towards you following your divorce. You might also notice that they seem more agitated after spending time with your former spouse. Could your kids be suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), a condition in which a brainwashed child acts out toward a targeted parent? Here are eight common indicators of PAS.
Your divorce is final, and you breathe a sigh of relief, ready to move forward. But your teens live with you most of the time, and the turmoil of the separation has contributed to their ongoing angst. Read on for seven tips to keep your sanity in the midst of their drama.
For years, as a parent, your life revolved around your kids’ schedules, leaving little to no time to spend with your spouse. When the children finally leave home, you may find yourself living with a complete stranger. Without common obligations and experiences holding the marriage together, you may feel strong pressure to separate or at least to reevaluate the relationship on a fundamental level.
If you plan to divorce, you will face numerous concerns. One of the greatest will likely involve how to manage your money. Whether you initiated the divorce or not, chances are your finances will take a huge hit: data show that income drops by more than 40 percent for women and by about 25 percent for men during divorce. Couples who divorce in their 40s or 50s also face the problem of fewer years to prepare for retirement, and with life expectancy lasting into the 80s for women, people need to stretch their dollars further than ever. The following budgeting dos and don’ts for newly separated couples can help you prepare.
During a high net worth divorce, or when a couple has complex finances that need to be divided, a forensic accountant assesses the value of marital assets and debts to prepare to divide property. The accountant’s work and testimony can be used in court to ensure an equitable outcome.
An amendment, introduced in the Minnesota Legislature on March 15, 2016, proposed an change to Minn. Stat. sec. 518A.39, Subd. 3, which will terminate alimony payments if the recipient remarries or dies. HF1333 or the “cohabitation bill” also covers situations in which a recipient cohabitates with another person.
To pursue strategic legal action in your Minnesota family law case, you need to retain the services of a competent, qualified lawyer. Given the high stakes of your decision, how can you find and vet prospective attorneys? Consider asking your candidates the following 9 questions:
Every year, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) honors members who provide 50 hours of pro bono work for the underprivileged. These attorneys donate their time to the community to help those who cannot pay for legal services on their own. In 2015, Jill Anderson, a senior associate at Brown Family Law, gave her time to the less fortunate and received this award from the MSBA.