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Do Minnesota Courts Consider Children’s Preferences in Custody Arrangements?

There are a variety of factors that go into Minnesota courts’ child custody determinations, if the parents are unable to agree on a custody arrangement themselves. Some of the factors include which parent has been the primary caretaker, the children’s relationships with each parent, each parent’s demonstrated capability of having custody, the child’s daily routines Read More

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Helpful Coparenting Apps to Use After Your Divorce

Technological advances have provided divorced parents with a lot of assistance, as there are now numerous coparenting apps that exist to help solve communication problems and make sure both parents are on the same page. Here are a few coparenting apps you may consider trying after your divorce. WeParent: WeParent is great for managing appointments, Read More

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Is There an Age at Which a Child Can Refuse Visitation?

If you are a divorced parent who shares custody or visitation with your ex, you may encounter situations in which your child refuses to spend time with you or your spouse. For young children, they really have no choice—the court implements custody and timesharing agreements because it is in the child’s best interest. But is Read More

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Who Gets to Pick a Child’s Religion After Divorce?

When parents with different religious beliefs get divorced, there may be some debate as to which parent will be able to have the greater influence on the children’s religious upbringing. There are several standards courts will use in family law cases regarding decisions about religion. They are as follows: Actual or substantive harm: Courts will Read More

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Making Schooling Decisions for Children After Divorce

In the aftermath of a divorce, you and your ex are expected to continue communicating regarding important parenting decisions, including education decisions for your children. In some cases you might be on the same page about these decisions, but what happens if you disagree? With regard to education, there might be disagreements over whether a Read More

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Tips for Handling Custody and Visitation During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to people tightening their social circles often to immediate family out of necessity. Social distancing measures implemented by states were put into place to “flatten the curve” to ensure hospitals would not become overwhelmed by new cases. Some of these social distancing measures are beginning to relax, but there are Read More

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Dealing with Changes to Custody and Visitation Arrangements Caused by COVID-19

Divorced parents are accustomed to raising children amidst changing circumstances, but the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced challenges that many of us have never seen before. Stay at home orders have imposed strict limits on the way we live and complicated many custody and visitation arrangements. We cannot be sure when daily life will more closely Read More

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Can Religion Affect Child Custody Arrangements?

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 More

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An Overview of the Rights of Non-custodial Parents

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 More

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Push for Equal Parenting Continues in Minnesota

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 More

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