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Advice for a Smooth and Successful Step-Parent Adoption

Just because someone goes through a divorce does not mean that they will never find marriage again. In fact, many people who get divorced look to get remarried. When someone gets remarried to someone with children, they often worry about how they will be received by the children. After all, marrying someone with kids requires being accepted by the children as well.

Many couples are getting prenuptial agreements

An increasing number of Minnesota couples are looking towards prenuptial agreements, and many people are getting them drawn up even if financial issues or inequalities do not exist. For many couples, the benefit of creating and signing a prenup is that both individuals know where they stand financially and what the other person's expectations are.

Dispelling myths about child custody

Parents in Minnesota and elsewhere may be confused about who has custody of a child after a divorce. For instance, some may believe that they give up their parental rights if they move away. However, the law generally assumes that both parents retain custody and other parental rights unless a judge specifically orders otherwise. Parents should also be aware that they are entitled to legal representation, and an attorney may be provided for free if necessary.

The higher divorce rate for older adults

The divorce rate for older couples in Minnesota and around the country has essentially doubled since the 1990s. In fact, for adults in the United States who were 50 years of age or older in 2015, 10 out of every 1,000 married persons sought a divorce, according to the National Center for Health Statistics and the United States Census Bureau. The divorce rate tripled to six individuals per every 1,000 married persons in 2015 for adults aged 65 years and older.

Child Custody Disputes Are Becoming More Gender-Blind

There are certain stereotypes that persist even to this day surrounding divorce and child custody. One of the assumptions was that, in the past, the mother would receive custody of the child while the father would retain certain visitation rights. This was due to the fact that the court system always assumed that the children were closer to the mother than the father.

Ensuring your divorce is child-centered

Divorces can be especially hard on children. They may feel like they are losing their family and with it a great deal of the security and safety they have enjoyed. Minnesota courts acknowledge the best interests of the child when deciding important divorce issues like custody and visitation. Divorcing couples are still held to their responsibilities as parents to ensure their child's welfare.

The value of child support in Minnesota

The goal of child support is to ensure that single parents are able to provide for their children. In spite of the fact that the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement collects billions of dollars in support payments each year, a very large percentage of parents are not receiving the child support they are owed. According to data from the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau, about 67 percent of single mothers receive what they are owed, compared to nearly 75 percent of single fathers.

Putting boundaries on communication when co-parenting

There are more ways than ever to communicate with other people: calling, emailing, texting, instant messaging, writing on their wall, tagging them in a photo and even the old-fashioned way of mailing them a letter. And no one is more savvy in modes of communication than kids.

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