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What is family mediation in North Dakota?

Divorce can be a daunting prospect for anyone who is contemplating ending their marriage. Most North Dakotans believe that a divorce will be an arduous process filled with arguments, anger, insults and lasting unhappiness. North Dakota courts recognize that too often, these fears come true. In order to smooth the often rough process of determining issues such as child custody, dividing property and setting child support and alimony amounts, the courts have developed a set of procedures for use in divorce cases called Family Mediation.

How does spousal fault affect a North Dakota divorce?

North Dakota, like most states, allows a person to seek a divorce without proving that the other spouse was in any way at fault for the breakdown of the marriage. Such divorces are usually called "no fault" divorces, and they are based on a showing that the couple has irreconcilable differences that warrant a divorce.

Dad arrested after 20 years, owing $560,000 in child support

North Dakota's proximity to Canada may tempt those owing child support in the state to cross the border in the hopes of avoiding payment. The recent arrest of a United States citizen who had lived in Calgary for 20 years and failed to pay $560,000 in child support may serve as an important object lesson for anyone considering moving to Canada to escape making these payments.

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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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