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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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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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Can Parents Really “Kidnap” Their Own Child?

Divorce and custody can be difficult, emotionally fraught proceedings. In some cases, a parent may intentionally keep their child from the other parent. This is colloquially known as “parental kidnapping,” and it can have serious consequences. What is parental kidnapping? Minnesota state law makes depriving another of their custodial or parental rights a felony, punishable Read More

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How to Protect Your Parental Rights When Preparing for Divorce

When parents divorce, they generally both retain parental rights absent extenuating circumstances. However, some parents fear their ex will challenge them in court and want to make sure that their parental rights are preserved. The best way to protect your parental rights is to work with an experienced divorce and child custody attorney—but in the 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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Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce?

One of the issues you’ll need to confront in your divorce is who will get the family dog. For legal purposes, the pet is considered property by the court, but there are, of course, some unique issues associated with pets that divorcing couples will need to work through. Here’s an overview of what you should Read More

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What Is Legal Custody?

In Minnesota, the presumption is that parents will share joint legal custody, even when one parent has sole physical custody. The law assumes it is beneficial for children to have both parents involved in the major decisions in their lives. There are, however, situations where the court will award sole legal custody to one parent. Read More

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