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Tifanne Elizabeth Ehrman Wolter

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  • Minnesota child custody laws, contesting spouse moving out of country with child

    I have just gotten my divorce finalized after being married since 2004. My exhusband and I have 2 boys, ages 8 and 5. In the divorce I was granted sole legal and physical custody of the boys. My exhusband has been very sporadic in his time with th...

    Tifanne’s Answer

    Minnesota statutes require you to either have permission from the non-custodial parent or permission from the Court to move your child out of the State of Minnesota. If the non-custodial parent will not give permission to move out of state, you will need to show the Court that it is in the best interests of your child to move out of state. I would suggest contacting a lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your specific circumstances.

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  • I can't afford my child support payments, any way to lower them in WA state

    i can't aford my childsupport payments and live in washington is there any way to try to lower the payments without going back to mn?

    Tifanne’s Answer

    If the other parent and the child also do not live in Minnesota you could petition to have the case transfered to your state. I suggest talking to an attorney in your state if this is the case. If the other parent or the minor child do still live in Minnesota, it may be possible for you to modify your child support obligation without returning to Minnesota. If your case is in the expedited process program, generally most child support magistrates will allow appearances by telephone. You should call the court administrator in the county in which your child support order took place, they can tell you if your case is expedited process or not. I would suggest that you take advantage of a free consultation with an attorney well versed in the new child support laws to see if your circumstances warrant a child support modification, and how much it might expect to be lowered. Once you have determined you can proceed, you can get the forms for modifying your child support obligation from www.mncourts.gov. Make sure you use the forms for the expedited process.

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  • Giving up right to child

    can the state tell a parent they are not allowed to give his or her rights to the child up

    Tifanne’s Answer

    Yes. In Minnesota you cannot terminate your parental rights to a child simply because you want to. In order to terminate parental rights, there either must be another parent willing to adopt that child, or there must be some other compelling circumstances to warrant the termination. The public policy behind this is to prevent parents from terminating their parental rights to avoid paying support for their children. If there is not an adoption taking place, a hearing will have to be held on the termination and a judge will decide if the parental rights may be terminated. I would suggest that you talk to a family law attorney about your specific circumstances to see if they would warrant a termination.

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