I sometimes receive questions regarding what rights, if any, grandparents have with respect to visitation with their grandchild. For example, when a parent dies, some grandparents worry that they will not have an opportunity to establish a meaningful relationship (or any relationship at all) with their grandchild because their surviving son-in-law or daughter-in-law may prevent
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At the Thompson Hall, our lawyers have years of experience helping men and women in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities resolve legal issues regarding their marriage, property, children, business interests, financial planning, support, parentage and related concerns.
Issues that often arise in Minnesota family law matters are divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, pre-nuptial agreements, adoptions, Order of Protection matters, and interstate custody issues.
Child Custody in Minnesta
Child custody in Minnesota is awarded on the best interests of the child, based on the parents’ and the child’s wishes. Often the Minnesota courts will order joint custody. Minnesota judges have a great deal of discretion in issuing child custody rulings and will look at the totality of the circumstances before reaching a decision.
Under Minnesota law, as part of the judge’s discretion in deciding child custody, the judge can look at such factors as safety of the child, where the child would live, who is going to be able to watch the child and, depending on the age of the child, where the child wishes to live.
Child custody is an extremely important and often emotional issue faced by many parents in Minnesota.
Experienced Minnesota Attorneys
Our office is located in Minneapolis, just off 35W. We pride ourselves in being able to provide you with personalized service. One goal we have in all cases is to educate our clients regarding how the law applies to the facts of their case. By educating the client, he or she can then make better decisions on how they want their case to proceed. You are welcome to contact us to discuss your child custody or family law matter.
Other Parental Rights
Notice must be given to both parents of various rights they retain after divorce, especially that they have the right to (1) obtain certain education, health, and religious records of the child, and (2) attend school conferences, unless a court waives the right to protect the parent’s or child’s welfare. Minn. Stat. §§ 120A.22, subd. 1a; 518.17, subd. 3
Upon the request of both parents or a court’s own motion, a parenting plan must be created in lieu of a traditional custody and parenting time order, unless the court finds that the plan is not in the child’s best interests. A parenting plan must include: (1) a schedule for the time each parent spends with the child; (2) a designation of decision-making responsibilities; and (3) a method to resolve disputes. A plan may also include other issues and matters that the parents agree to regarding the child. Minn. Stat. § 518.1705
Violations of Parenting Time Provisions in an Existing Court Order
Children Playing by USAG- Humphreys In my experience, once a court order addressing custody and parenting time is in place, it seems that it is only a matter of time before I get a phone call from a client or a potential client wondering what action he or she can take because the other parent
Child Protection Issues Stemming From Domestic Abuse
A petition for dissolution of marriage or legal separation must allege whether an OFP that governs the parties or a party and a minor child of the parties is in effect and, if so, the district court or similar jurisdiction in which it was entered. Minn. Stat. § 518.10. In a proceeding where two or
Custody Designations: What Does It All Mean?
One of the main sources of confusion for many family law clients is the legal distinction between “sole” and “joint” custody and between “legal” and “physical” custody. For many people, “having custody” of a child simply refers to being the parent who is primarily responsible for raising the child. This conceptual notion typically involves a
Appointment of Parenting Time Expeditors to Resolve Parenting Time Disputes
In addition to the more traditional routes of attending mediation and filing a motion with the court, another alternative that may be available to the parties when a parenting time dispute arises is the appointment of a parenting time expeditor. Generally, a parenting time expeditor may be appointed upon the request of either party, by
How To Deal With Parenting Time Issues
Custody and parenting time issues commonly arise in the context of either a divorce action or, in the case of unmarried parents, a separate proceeding to establish custody and parenting time. In either scenario, if a court determines (or the parties agree) that one parent will be awarded sole physical custody of a child, issues
Minnesota Custody Law: Best Interests of the Child
Child's Best Interests Standard One of the most frequently asked questions in family law is how a court determines child custody in contested matters. Under Minnesota law, custody is determined under the “best interests of the child” standard. What does this statutory phrase mean in practical terms? The legislature has identified thirteen factors that a