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What is in the child's best interests?

It seems that when discussing child custody arrangements after parental separation, many people make assumptions about what would be in the child's best interests. However, it's important that guesswork is not relied upon when it comes to raising a child.

If you want to ensure that your child's well-being is a firm priority, it is a good idea to form your opinions around psychological studies and evidence-based reports. The following are key observations from psychologists regarding the best interests of a child.

The legality of marijuana in Minnesota

In 1976, marijuana was largely decriminalized in Minnesota. This, however, does not mean that marijuana can be used freely. It is important to distinguish clearly between decriminalization and legalization, as they are two different things. Decriminalization means that an illegal act will be subject to much lower criminal charges. This often means that a person found in possession of a small amount of marijuana is more likely to be charged with a petty misdemeanor rather than a felony.

However, there can be times when those in possession of marijuana in Minnesota can face serious consequences. These consequences are usually attributed to those who are found to be in possession of a large quantity of marijuana.

Common family law acronyms explained

When going through a divorce or another family law issue, you will learn a lot of new acronyms and terms. Judges and lawyers frequently use abbreviations to save space in documents and time in conversations. For those unfamiliar with the legal jargon, it can be confusing. 

It should not be difficult for you to follow your own case. Here are explanations of a few acronyms commonly used in family law cases.

Minnesota fire chief resigns over drunk driving charges

The world can feel different after an arrest. Feelings of guilt can turn into anxiety and the world seems to want you to fail. But people should keep their will and their wits about them after an arrest because there are good reasons to avoid a conviction on serious charges.

Convictions for felonies and serious misdemeanors can follow people long after the consequences of their actions have seemed to settle. Some people may be denied consideration for employment based on past criminal activities. Careers in progress may also suffer.

How can I prepare for divorce mediation?

If you and your divorcing spouse are considering going through mediation, you will be doing so in order to resolve issues regarding the details of the divorce. Mediation can be a great choice for parents because preserving the mutual respect that they have for each other is important. This is because they will have to communicate as co-parents for years to come.

However, mediation is not an automatic formula for success. Both divorcing spouses must bring the right attitude to the table and have an open mind. The following are some tips on how to successfully prepare for divorce mediation.

Protecting your children from domestic abuse

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and you are consequentially going through a divorce, you may still be worried about the future well-being of your children, especially if the other parent of your children was your abuser. It is important that you do not keep silent about any abuse that was taking place in your marriage. By reporting the abuse, you will be able to protect your own safety, and it will likely keep your children safe from any potential abuse from their other parent for years to come.

Reports of domestic violence and abuse in a relationship can greatly affect child custody cases, and it is important to understand how the law works in regard to this. The child custody courts in Minnesota seek to protect the child's best interests at all times. This means that they take any allegations of domestic abuse very seriously indeed.

Understanding the definitions of legal and physical custody

If you are navigating the child custody process in Minnesota, you may find that the different terms and legal jargon make everything feel more complex and overwhelming. It is very important that you understand what the different terms mean, because otherwise, you may be unclear in regard to your rights and the potential outcomes available to you.

Two terms that may have been mentioned to you are legal custody and physical custody. These are two important phrases to pay attention to because many parents make the mistake of equating their meanings. They are actually very distinct to one another.

LGBT divorce tips

The fact that you are able to marry who you love is amazing-–and long overdue. But just like any couple, LGBT couples face challenges. Even though same-sex marriage is a wonderful thing, sometimes, it does not end happily ever after.

As a member of the LGBT community going through a divorce, you may be facing a lot of stress and emotional turmoil. Here is how you should protect and take care of yourself as you end your marriage with your partner.

Three less common defenses to a DUI

If you have been accused of driving under the influence in Minnesota, you will want to do everything you can in order to defend yourself against the charge. Being charged with a DUI can have far-reaching implications on your life.

It can lead to the loss of your license, which could make it difficult for you to get to work, and it can also make you feel isolated and unable to easily leave your home.

How Minnesota law influences divorces

If you are going through a divorce, it is vital that you learn more about how the law works in Minnesota. This is because the law does have the potential to vary substantially in different states across the country.

People going through a divorce will naturally be faced with several challenges pertaining to their future. They will likely be uncertain about how marital assets will be divided, whether they will be awarded alimony, and whether they will find happiness and contentment once they become divorced. It is important that they conduct research to learn how they can influence the outcome of certain logistical factors.

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