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Should You Ask for Full Custody?

If you’re separating from your child’s other parent, one of the main issues to negotiate is child custody. Parents often wonder whether they should fight for full custody or share joint custody with their ex. Here’s an overview of custody, and when it’s a good idea for one parent to retain full custody. Types of Read More

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Modern Parenting Plan Items to Consider

The world has changed a great deal in the last few decades. Divorced parents have myriad new social and practical issues to address. When you’re creating or updating a parenting plan, consider these hot button subjects. Coming to an agreement now will ensure that if any issues do arise, you’ll know how to handle it. Pandemics Read More

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Do Grandparents Have Rights to Their Grandchildren?

Grandparents frequently wonder whether they have any right to visitation or custody over their grandchildren. Poor relationships with the parents, divorce, death, abuse and neglect can all affect whether grandparents are able to maintain a relationship with their minor grandchildren. While there are no “grandparents’ rights” in Minnesota, grandparents can petition the court for visitation with Read More

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How to Handle Parental Alienation

Parental alienation “arises primarily in the context of child custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child’s campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification. It is caused by a combination of a programming (brainwashing) parent’s indoctrinations and the child’s own contributions to the vilification of the targeted parent.” Dealing with parental Read More

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What is “Bird’s Nest” Custody?

Every set of divorced parents—and their children—have different custody needs and desired arrangements. “Bird’s nest” custody is an arrangement gaining popularity lately. This child-centric approach allows the children to stay in one home, rather than switching back and forth between separate homes. Instead, the parents alternate residences. Who should try bird’s nest custody? Not every Read More

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Do Mothers Always Get Custody of the Kids?

Pop culture and media have contributed to the assumption that mothers have an advantage when it comes to custody. Legally speaking, that is not true: both parents have an equal right to request custody and visitation. The determining factor is whether custody and visitation is “in the best interests of the child.” Why do people Read More

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Tips to Set Yourself Up for Success in a Custody Dispute

At the outset of any child custody case, it is important to take certain steps to get prepared and be more likely to find a successful outcome. Here’s a quick overview of some of the steps you can take to position yourself for success. Separate accounts: If you are sharing accounts, it’s best to cancel Read More

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What Happens if Your Ex is Withholding Child Visitation?

When parents get a divorce, they must follow court orders regarding divorce-related issues, including child custody and visitation. If you and your ex have a contentious relationship, there is a possibility they could attempt to deny you visitation that is your right as a parent. This may happen for a variety of reasons, including retaliation Read More

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What is the Difference Between Physical and Legal Child Custody?

Divorcing parents will typically share custody of their children, unless one parent is deemed unfit to serve in any sort of custodial role. That custody is split into two elements: legal and physical. The arrangement parents have for legal custody might not be exactly the same as physical custody, and vice versa. Here’s a quick Read More

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False Accusations in a Divorce Case: What Happens?

Some divorce cases can quickly become contentious as spouses bring their relationship issues into their divorce negotiations. But in some cases, a divorce can go beyond contentious and quickly move into territory where one spouse plays dirty, going so far as to level false accusations against the other. Typically false accusations of concealing assets, child Read More

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