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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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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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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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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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Is There an Age at Which a Child Can Refuse Visitation?

If you are a divorced parent who shares custody or visitation with your ex, you may encounter situations in which your child refuses to spend time with you or your spouse. For young children, they really have no choice—the court implements custody and timesharing agreements because it is in the child’s best interest. But is Read More

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