By Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. | Published August 31, 2017 | | |
Are you preparing to go through a divorce? You may have some questions regarding child custody. Below are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions our divorce attorneys receive on this important issue: Q: If one parent moves out of the home without the kids, does it hurt his/her chance to secure Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
One of the most important aspects of the divorce process is settling on a child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of your kids. In most situations, judges want both parents to be meaningfully involved in raising their children, which means joint physical custody arrangements are often considered. However, these arrangements can have Read MoreRead More
If you are going through custody proceedings, you have likely heard the terms “sole” and “joint” custody. The general idea is that a sole custody arrangement gives one parent custody, while a joint custody arrangement involves sharing custody. However, one also must take into account whether the relationship is referring to legal or physical custody. Read MoreRead More
When a Minnesota court makes child custody decisions, they must rule on two types of custody. Physical custody determines where a child spends his or her time, but legal custody determines who gets to make the decisions about the child’s upbringing. In almost all cases, legal custody is awarded jointly to both parents, even in Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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