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Child Custody Archives

The problem with judging mothers with non-custodial status

In the state of Minnesota and other states across the nation, there are some presumptions surrounding the child custody process. While divorce can spark many issues and disputes, many divorcing parents seek joint custody arrangements for the benefit and best interests of their children. In cases where there is primary custody, there is an ongoing presumption that the mother will gain the status of custodial parent. However, this is not always the case.

Ways to successfully co-parent after divorce

The most challenging issues faced by divorcing parents in Minnesota are those related to the children. While the end of a marriage is a tough event to go through, it can be an even more challenging time for the children involved. Therefore, it is important to take the time to consider the needs and best interests of the children when developing a child custody arrangement.

Do Minnesota grandparents have visitation rights?

Losing a child to an accident or illness can be a traumatic experience for a parent, regardless of the age of the unfortunate victim. It is a sad fact that in some cases when an adult child dies it can be difficult for his parents to maintain contact with the deceased child's children. The relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is very special; the state of Minnesota's laws include several provisions that seek to protect this bond in the event that death, divorce or other life events threaten to impact it.

Can visitation rights be granted to non-parents in Minnesota?

When parents in Minnesota are no longer together as a couple, one of the most contentious issues that arises often has to do with visitation rights. Other situations can muddle this even further such as grandparents' rights or the rights of others to see the child. State law grants visitation rights to people who are not the parent of the child in certain circumstances. Understanding how the law handles this is an important factor in maintaining the relationship with children.

What if a Minnesota parent wants to relocate to another state?

Child custody in Minnesota requires that both parents honor the best interests of the child. When it comes to child custody, emotions can become frayed, disagreements can arise and the entire situation can be complicated for everyone involved. One issue that may cause strife between the parents is if there is an attempt on the part of the custodial parent to relocate with the child out of Minnesota. The law has certain factors that will be taken into account as to whether this can take place.

When may a Minnesota court modify a child custody order?

Once a couple in Minnesota establishes a child custody order, each of them then moves on with their life, following the schedule set in the order. Yet lives change, sometimes unexpectedly. There may come a time when due to any multitude of reasons, a parent wants to modify an existing child custody order.

Parenting plans in Minnesota must meet statutory requirements

When parents decide to divorce, they must remember that they will remain just that -- parents -- with a shared interest in raising their child. For this reason, some parents may want to create a parenting plan out of court, instead of leaving the matter up to a judge, where they have the ability to work together to come up with an agreed upon child custody schedule. However, Minnesota Statutes dictate what factors such a plan must address.

Parents seeking divorce may have to attend education course

Parents in Minnesota facing the end of their marriage may have many questions on their mind. They may wonder whether they will be able to negotiate a child custody arrangement of if they will have to litigate one. In fact, in either case, the court may require the parents to take a course about children and divorce first.

The right approach to child custody disputes in Minnesota

From the moment two parents in Minnesota decide to divorce, decisions will need to be made regarding how their child will be cared for. While the divorce proceedings are ongoing, a temporary child custody and visitation agreement may be necessary to ensure the child's needs are being met and that the child is able to maintain a relationship with each parent. And, once the divorce is complete, a legally enforceable child custody and visitation order will be established. This order will be based on the best interests of the child, but it is important that both the custodial and non-custodial parents' rights are upheld as well.

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