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Resources for child support enforcement and assistance

Raising a child is an expensive proposition. The cost of food, healthcare, daycare/education and other daily expenses is legally viewed as a shared responsibility between both parents. When a court orders a non-custodial parent to pay child support and they attempt to evade this responsibility, it can not only be a stressful ordeal for the custodial parent but it can also have negative consequences for the children who no longer have the support they need.

Adultery may lead to spousal support in North Dakota divorce

Having an extramarital affair can be devastating to a relationship and often leads to divorce. While all states allow for no-fault divorce, North Dakota is one of the few states that recognize fault-based divorce. Adultery is grounds for fault-based divorce and may also be grounds for spousal support.

Child custody is yours to lose

A positive trend in divorce courts allows fathers and mothers the same consideration for parenting time. Many state laws begin with the assumption that both parents are equally fit and that, if safe to do so, custody should be awarded as equitably as possible. Studies show that time with both parents benefits children, and custody courts work for the best interests of the child.


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Commandments of Family Law

  1. The only truth your children need to know is that you both love them unconditionally, and that this isn't their fault.
  2. Take the high road — everyone wins when you do what's best for your kids.
  3. Negotiate but don't capitulate — if you are being pushed toward something detrimental for your children, stand your ground.
  4. You can only control yourself and how you respond. Don't engage.
  5. Do set up rules and responsibilities. Kids feel better when routine is continued.
  6. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  7. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
  8. It is not their job to take care of you. Repeat that to them. Often.
  9. Yelling is for sports — not court. Good lawyers strongly advocate without being disrespectful to opposing parties.
  10. Fair is a place you go to get cheese curds. Aside from that, nothing in life is fair.

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