|Minnesota Parenting Time AttorneysIf parents were never married, or after parents get divorced, they often disagree as to how to share access to and time with their child(ren), as well as routine decisions regarding daily care. Conflicts often arise regarding parenting time (visitation) schedules, transitions between households, transportation, exchange or drop-off locations, selection of babysitters, holiday schedules, sharing of clothing and toys between households, discipline and numerous other issues.
Please contact the lawyers at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. by phone at 651-379-3024 or by email to schedule a free consultation to discuss your child custody concerns.
Often parties are successfully able to come up with a parenting time schedule without going to court. These arrangements are often the most satisfying for the parents and children as it allows them to find the best solution for everyone involved. If custody is determined by the courts, it can very expensive, time-consuming, and difficult emotionally for all parties, including the children. In most cases, the court will use a “best interests” of the child analysis to determine who should get custody of the children.
There are two kinds of custody, “legal custody” and “physical custody.” “Legal custody” means the right to participate in decision-making and determine a child’s upbringing, including education, health care and religious training. “Physical custody” means the routine daily care and control and residence of the child.
In many cases, parenting time schedules need to be modified as the child matures or to accommodate changed circumstances, including employment schedules and living arrangements. Whether establishing an initial parenting plan, or modifying an existing schedule, our attorneys are child-focused and strive not only to resolve existing conflicts, but anticipate changes, so as to minimize future conflicts to the extent possible.
Third-Party Custody & Grandparent Visitation
Sometimes, neither parent is fit or capable to parent their own children, due to mental illness, chemical dependency, criminal matters or other circumstances. In Minnesota, a third-party (relative or non-relative) may ask the court to grant to them custody of a child or children. A parent or guardian may also opt to voluntarily delegate temporary powers and certain responsibilities to a third-person, or to designate standby or temporary custodian upon the occurrence of a triggering event (for example, mental or physical incapacity, active military service, incarceration, etc).
Attorneys at Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart value the unique role of grandparents and recognize that grandparents often fill a void or enhance a child’s development by generously contributing unconditional love and unique gifts, critical to the child’s healthy emotional and physical development. We have represented numerous grandparents seeking to preserve and maintain their special relationships and bond with their grandchildren, despite the parent’s separation and/or conflicts.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced child custody lawyers, call 651-379-3024 or contact us by email.
Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.?990
Inwood Avenue North?
Oakdale, Minnesota 55128?
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Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., with offices in Oakdale and Braham, represent clients with their family law, criminal defense, tax law and probate concerns in Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Scott, Carver, Dakota, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine and Chisago counties including, but not limited to, the communities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eagan, Hastings, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Maplewood, Inver Grove Heights, Bloomington, Edina and Cambridge.