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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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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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Answering the Most Common Questions About Child Custody

When it comes to child custody issues in Minnesota, our clients tend to have a lot of questions — and for good reason. The health and well-being of their kids can be at stake. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we hear: Are women at an advantage when it comes to Read More

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How to Fight Back Against an Unfair Order of Protection

An order of protection is a tool commonly used when an individual wants to keep him or herself and/or children away from a potentially dangerous or abusive partner and/or parent. These orders are justified in cases in which a partner and/or parent is actually abusive or dangerous. However, there are circumstances in which an order Read More

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What to Know Before Filing for Divorce in Minnesota

Are you getting ready to file for divorce in Minnesota? There are a few things you should know about the procedures and rules associated with divorce and child custody in the state before you fill out the paperwork. These include the following: Fault: Minnesota is a pure no-fault divorce state. You cannot allege wrongdoing on Read More

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Does the Law Give Mothers Priority in Terms of Child Custody?

Many people assume that the law gives mothers priority when it comes to child custody matters. Historically mothers have received primary custody at higher rates than fathers, but it’s not because of any legal preference in Minnesota state law. Historical reasons for higher custody rates among mothers Until recent years, mothers frequently received custody of Read More

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