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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.

Can a parent unreasonably restrict parenting time in Minnesota?


When a couple decides to end their marriage, it is rarely an easy decision. If there are children involved, emotions can run even higher and the divorcing couple must figure out a way to end their legal marriage and maintain their biological relationship with their children. Child custody therefore can often be the most contentious aspect of divorce.

Types of child custody in Minnesota


When it comes to divorce in Minnesota, there are many issues that may weigh heavy on the minds of separating spouses. Property division issues, such as who will get to keep the house, car or cabin, can play a big role. Alimony can also be another source of contention with regards to whether or not alimony is appropriate, and how much is owed. But of all the divorce issues divorcing parents face, those involving children are usually the most important.

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.

Surrogacy in Minnesota handled by child custody, other agreements


Minnesota is among one of theU.S. states that does not currently have any laws governing surrogacy. Surrogacy is the act of carrying and giving birth to another person's child, by means of implementation. Those who seek surrogacy option are often unable to conceive or carry a child until full-term. Currently, those seeking surrogacy in MN often look to family law and other contracts to dictate the process.

Child custody and unmarried parents in Minnesota


Not every relationship between a couple in Minnesota is meant to last, even if the couple has a child. If a child is born to unmarried parents who are no longer together as a couple, it is often the case that the child's mother is granted sole physical custody. However, if the child's father takes some sort of action to preserve his custody and visitation rights, he can still be a part of his child's life. Many times child custody decisions in such cases hinges on who was the child's primary caretaker and what is in the best interests of the child.

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.

Keeping the holidays for the children post-divorce


The holiday season, for many in the Twin Cities, is a time for family. However, families are complicated, particularly if a couple is divorced. And, the more complicated one's family situation is, the more complicated the holidays become. This is especially true if children are involved. Will the child eat turkey with mom and leave cookies and milk out for Santa with dad? Will the child try to split each holiday between each parent? All of this can be a headache and a heartache during what is already an emotional time of year.

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