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.
Perhaps your previously happy-go-lucky children have now become withdrawn and even hostile towards you following your divorce.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.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, about 6 percent of married women between 15 and 44 struggle with infertility. These women cannot become pregnant after 12 months of unprotected sex. They might seek other alternatives, such as assisted reproduction. If you have decided to pursue assisted reproduction options, either by yourself or with a partner, this brief overview can help you make informed decisions.
Perhaps you just received a transfer offer to another state from your employer with a significant pay raise and even more opportunities for advancement. Or maybe you and a business partner (or new boyfriend or girlfriend) want to leave the area for...
The court has established a visitation schedule for you and your ex, but he or she refuses to adhere to the schedule and wants to change it on a weekly basis. You are wondering whether you have an options or rights when it comes to scheduling. What can you do?
The possibility of expanding your family through adoption is exciting, scary, joyful and confusing all at once. When people imagine adopting a young baby or older child, though, they sometimes labor under mistaken ideas about what is actually involved and how adoption works in Minnesota. We wanted to set the record straight.
Parental alienation can have lasting negative effects on the relationship between the victimized parent and the child. The consequences often persist for years, or even decades, after divorce.
Thanksgiving sparks challenges for many families, even those not embroiled in child custody disputes. With good planning, however, you can create a fun experience for your children and enjoy the holiday.
In May of 2015, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed new custody and parenting time legislation into law. The new “best interest standard” is accompanied by a revised framework for judges to apply the relevant factors. Cynthia Brown recently offered her thoughts on the amended statute to the Tenth Judicial District law clerks.
In recent months, the legislature passed (and the governor signed into a law) a bill that amends Minnesota's custody standards. In addition to a revised "best interest of the child" standard, judges must now apply the relevant statutory criteria with nine new provisions to guide them.