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Understanding Supervised Visitation

Custody proceedings can be contentious and emotional, especially when one spouse’s fitness as a parent is called into question. Minnesota courts typically advocate for “the best interest of the child” in custody determinations. There is a rebuttable presumption that maintaining relationships with both parents is in the child’s best interest. However, sometimes a parent is Read More

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When Do Courts Allow Children to Weigh in on Custody?

When you end your relationship with your child’s other parent, child custody can be a major point of contention. Courts tend to look at “the best interest of the child” when determining a custody and visitation schedule. Of course, kids often have preferences regarding their living situation. One common custody myth is that at a Read More

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Divorce on the Horizon? What to Do Before Filing

If you find yourself at the point where divorce seems inevitable and your marriage is irretrievably broken, consider taking certain measures to prepare yourself for the process. Here are some important steps to consider before filing for divorce: Consult an attorney: Seek the guidance of a divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., who Read More

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Establishing Paternity for Child Support and Custody Purposes

Establishing parentage, also known as paternity, is the legal process of creating a recognized relationship between a child and their parent when no legal relationship previously existed. It is an important step in determining child support obligations and custody rights. In Minnesota, there are different ways to establish parentage depending on the circumstances. Mother’s marital Read More

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When Will a Court Terminate Parental Rights?

Termination of parental rights is a legal process in which a person’s rights as a parent are permanently taken away. This means they are no longer considered the child’s legal parent, losing the right to visit or communicate with the child and the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. In some cases, the Read More

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Divorcing an Abusive Spouse

Domestic violence affects many individuals and families. In cases of divorce involving domestic violence, it is crucial to understand the legal processes and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all parties involved, particularly children. A trusted attorney can help you navigate this difficult process. Domestic violence hearings Typically, divorces involving domestic 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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Can You Change Your Child’s Name After a Divorce?

If you changed your name when you got married, you might be eager to return to your original surname after you’re divorced. What if you want to change your child’s name, too? Minnesota allows parents to petition for a name change under Minnesota Statute Section 259.11. However, if the other parent contests the name change, Read More

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