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What is Parental Kidnapping?

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 More

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What to Know About Uncontested Divorce in Minnesota

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 More

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Why Don’t Judges Just Accept a Kid’s Custody Wishes?

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 More

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Do Mothers Have an Advantage in Child Custody Proceedings?

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 More

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What to Expect Out of a Child Custody Evaluation

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 More

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Back to School: Co-parenting Tips as the New School Year Begins

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 More

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Factors a Court Will Consider in Allowing Child Relocation

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 More

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In Which Cases Will a Court Terminate Parental Rights Without the Parent’s Consent?

In some cases, a court will order an involuntary termination of parental rights. The grounds this type of involuntary termination must include specific circumstances in which a child cannot safely go home because of an imminent risk of harm. While each state has its own specific grounds for these types of circumstances, some of the Read More

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When You Should Request Modifications of Your Child Custody Arrangement

As time goes on, it may become necessary for you to seek a modification of your child custody agreement. While this process can be challenging, it may be worth the time and effort for you to ensure the safety, security and well-being of your kids. The following are some of the most common scenarios in Read More

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When Minnesota Grandparents Can Exercise Visitation Rights

When a couple with children splits up or gets divorced, they may negotiate on parenting time and visitation rights. These court orders are legally binding, which means both parents must adhere to the terms or face penalties. The typical visitation order does not apply to grandparents. Thus, if someone is preventing you from seeing your Read More

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