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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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Helping Kids With Homework in a Shared Custody Arrangement

In a shared custody arrangement, both parents have equal responsibility for taking care of the children, which includes making sure they’re set up for success in their studies. Both parents must be on the same page about expectations for when and how kids will complete homework, and should be prepared to take an active role Read More

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The Holidays are Almost Here: Set Up a Custody Holiday Schedule

Coparenting is challenging at any time of year, but it becomes especially difficult around the holiday. There are the emotional challenges of not necessarily being able to spend as much time with your children around the holidays as you want, as well as the logistical challenges of dealing with passing off children over the holidays. Read More

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Try These Helpful Coparenting Apps

Today’s parents have a wide range of tools and technologies available to make coparenting while divorced much easier from a communication and information sharing standpoint. Relying on these apps can help you stay organized and make communication less fraught and tense. Here are a few examples of some of these apps you should look into Read More

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How Does Domestic Abuse Influence Child Custody Proceedings?

As you go through child custody proceedings in court, the courts will take allegations of domestic violence extremely seriously. The court will not just take you at your word that domestic violence occurred. Judges will need to review evidence, and will consider issues such as: Whether the alleged domestic violence was directed at or affected Read More

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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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