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Physical vs. Legal Custody: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that there’s more than one type of custody? If you share children with a former partner or spouse, you’ll need to negotiate a custody agreement. Custody includes with whom the children live, but it also refers to a parent’s decision-making power over how their child is raised. Physical custody Physical custody is Read More

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Managing Custody and Co-Parenting During the Summer Months

When you share custody with your child’s other parent, summer months can present unique challenges. For most of the year, schedules typically revolve around the child’s school schedule. What happens when your kid is out of school for three months? How should you handle their changing schedules and the cost of summer activities? Here are Read More

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Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Noncustodial Parent

There are a lot of pop culture myths about custody and visitation. If you’re a noncustodial parent—meaning your child’s other parent has full physical and legal custody—it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. Petitioning for custody or visitation Parents generally have the right to petition for custody and visitation, subject to specific state procedural Read More

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Want to Speed Up Your Divorce and Custody Process? Consider Negotiating

Divorce and custody myths have led many people to believe that the process always has to be adversarial. Even when you hire attorneys to advocate on your behalf, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to fight over every detail in order to get a fair result. In fact, needless arguments can significantly lengthen the Read More

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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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