Life comes at you very fast. One day you are married with a child, and the next your divorce is finalized and a joint custody agreement is in place. Given how life works, there is no way that anyone could predict the future. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. So when you agree to a child custody arrangement, it isn't as if the arrangement will stay in place unchanged for years and years. Life will happen, and the agreement will need to be updated and altered frequently.
In our last post we started a discussion about the basics of adopting a child in Minnesota. Once an individual or a couple decides to adopt a child, there are a lot of steps that need to be taken. One of the most important (and often the most stressful) parts of the adoption process is the adoption home study. This process is required by a court in order to complete an adoption locally or internationally.
Although we most commonly think of adoption as the process of adopting a child through an agency, adoption comes in many different forms. A stepparent may adopt his or her spouse’s child. Grandparents may end up adopting their grandchild. Someone may make an agreement with a family they know to adopt a newborn child. There are many categories of people who may be looking to adopt a child in order to grow their family.
Family law is a vast umbrella of issues, many of which are complicated and intimidating. Families that are dealing with these complex legal issues may not know where to turn or what to do when a divorce comes calling, or a child custody modification needs to happen, or interstate provisions and laws come into play.
Last week we wrote a post about alimony and some modifications that are coming to the state of Minnesota. A couple of weeks before that, we talked about taxes and divorce. Today, we're going to talk about both topics and how they are related.
Recently, the Minnesota Senate voted to pass a bill calling for reforms of the existing alimony laws. The Cohabitation Alimony Reform bill allows someone who is paying spousal maintenance to request that payments be reduced or ended if the receiver has a live-in partner. Those who wish to file a petition may do so only after the divorce has been final for one year.
LGBT couples in Minnesota often struggle to find the right representation when it comes to handling family law matters. Many of the so-called social norms were established with heterosexual couples in mind, leaving many people in the LGBT community confused about their rights and their options. Same-sex couples are often surprised to discover that they have far more rights of which they might have previously not been aware.