Obtaining Equitable Child Custody And Parenting-Time Arrangements

I understand that the idea of losing your children is overwhelming. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about custody that it is best to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible so you don't let misinformation get to you. Please contact me at Paul Law Office, PLLC, in Burnsville, today.

What Types Of Custody Does Minnesota Offer?

Minnesota law recognizes two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody includes the right to make decisions regarding the child's upbringing in matters such as education, health care and religion. Physical custody includes the routine daily care, control and the residence of the child. Both types of custody can be sole or joint.

How Is Custody Determined?

If a divorcing couple has children, the court will recommend a social early neutral evaluation (SENE). The result of this evaluation is nonbinding, but the process is designed to shorten the time and cost in litigating the case by facilitating an agreement between the parties.

In most cases, it is best if the parents can reach a custody and parenting-time (visitation) agreement through mediation or negotiation. If they cannot, a judge will decide. Factors that will be considered include each parent's relationship with the children and ability to care for them. The best interests of the child are the governing standards in all custody matters.

As part of my legal services, I will put together a parenting plan that fits your personal circumstances. I will also create a plan that will work for you in the long term.

Learn The Facts From An Attorney

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