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July 2018 Archives

How are a child’s best interests defined?

If you’re involved in a child custody dispute in Montana, you’ve likely heard the term “best interests of the child” quite a bit. But how is this consideration actually defined? The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services explains how the court determines best interests when it comes child custody and other matters.

Mediation: improving communication during your divorce and beyond

Even though effective communication plays such a critical role in ensuring a fair divorce settlement, spouses in Montana may find it next to impossible to sit down to a calm, rational discussion. According to the American Psychological Association, one way to neutralize the extreme emotions often present during a divorce is to undergo mediation

Determining which parent pays child support

The court system in Montana has significant latitude in establishing child support orders. State guidelines use a consistent standard throughout the various departments and related agencies. According to Montana Child Support Guidelines, each case is determined based on the circumstances and individual needs of the child. The goal is to ensure the marriage dissolution does not adversely affect the child’s standard of living.

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