By aphlaw | Published March 12, 2020 | | |
In most cases, the court will not use the religious beliefs of one parent as a primary determinant for child custody arrangements. However, that doesn’t mean religion won’t factor into custody decisions at all—just that it is likely to be one of a multitude of factors. For religion to be one of the primary determining Read MoreRead More
A non-custodial parent is the parent who does not have primary custody of a child. This parent may or may not have a set parenting time schedule. There are some circumstances in which the non-custodial parents will have some limited legal rights in terms of their ability to make decisions on behalf of the child. Read MoreRead More
Under Minnesota divorce law, there is a presumption that parents in child custody arrangements will each get a minimum of 25 percent of the time with their child. In most cases, the parents will work out the other 50 percent of the time share on their own, but if they are unable to negotiate their Read MoreRead More
Parental kidnapping is defined in court as the removal, concealment or retention of a child in violation of the custody or visitation rights and the child’s own rights. The circumstances may involve a parent attempting to take a child out of the United States, or simply refusing to give a child back after their time Read MoreRead More
There are some circumstances in which a divorcing couple is able to process their divorce without a whole lot of conflict and court appearances. If you and your spouse are able to sit down, negotiate amicably and work out the terms of your divorce efficiently, you could seek an uncontested divorce. The benefit of an Read MoreRead More
There are many factors that go into a judge’s decision for how parents will share child custody. In cases involving older children, the judge must at least take into consideration the child’s own wishes for custody. Ultimately, however, the child’s wishes are not the only determining factor. Why is it that judges will not just Read MoreRead More
There is often an assumption among the general public that mothers have an advantage in child custody proceedings because the court system favors placing children with their mothers rather than their fathers. However, this is not actually the truth. There are no laws that favor mothers over fathers in these circumstances. This does not mean Read MoreRead More
As part of the process of creating a child custody arrangement, you may need to go through what’s called a “child custody evaluation.” This evaluation is performed by an independent and neutral third party who training and/or experience in family law or family dynamics allowing them to make recommendations to judges about the custody arrangement Read MoreRead More
Now that your children are heading back to school, it’s time for you to get back into your parenting routine as well. This might require some adjustments if you are a divorced parent sharing custody of a child. Below are some tips you should keep in mind as you go through the school year: School Read MoreRead More
Sometime after your divorce, you may wish to move away from Minnesota. However, if you are in custody of your children, you might find this to be legally challenging, especially if the other parent objects to the move. And, if you’re the noncustodial parent, you might lose a lot of parenting time. To that end, Read MoreRead More
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