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Options for parents in child support decisions

Minnesota couples who are ending their marriage and who have young children have a number of options when it comes to making a decision about child support. While child support may be decided by a judge in a court hearing, parents might instead opt to negotiate it in an informal manner. This is usually done with their attorneys.

The nesting approach to child custody

Nesting is one way that Minnesota parents who are getting a divorce can share custody of their children with the least amount of disruption to their offspring's lives. With a nesting arrangement, children stay in the family home and the parents take turns living there. This is in contrast to the typical joint custody arrangement in which children move between their parents' homes. While joint custody is increasingly recognized as an arrangement that is good for children and their relationship with both parents, the constant moving can also be destabilizing.

Blocking a noncustodial parent from contacting a child

Due to the improvement in communications and technology, Minnesota parents are finding it easier to stay in contact with their child even if they spend the majority of their time with their other parent. However, there may be cases where the custodial parent does not want the child to be in contact with the noncustodial parent. Although custodial parents generally cannot block the other parent from contacting the child, there are certain circumstances where the court may limit communication.

Negotiating vacation time for divorced parents

Minnesota parents who are divorced may or may not have vacation plans written into their custody agreement. Whether or not the agreement covers this in detail, there are steps parents can take to try to avoid disputes. One is to plan well in advance and to share those plans in writing with the other parent. There could be legal problems if parents are not clear about the details of the vacation plan. If the vacation deviates from custody orders, a parent should have communication about it in writing in case the other parent later challenges the change.

How to obtain custody in Anoka

Unfortunately, many couples with children split up. When this happens, one parent will normally be given sole custody. While there are some circumstances where a couple may be able to work together well enough to share custody, the majority of cases involve one person being granted custody of a child.

Dispelling myths about child custody

Parents in Minnesota and elsewhere may be confused about who has custody of a child after a divorce. For instance, some may believe that they give up their parental rights if they move away. However, the law generally assumes that both parents retain custody and other parental rights unless a judge specifically orders otherwise. Parents should also be aware that they are entitled to legal representation, and an attorney may be provided for free if necessary.

Child Custody Disputes Are Becoming More Gender-Blind

There are certain stereotypes that persist even to this day surrounding divorce and child custody. One of the assumptions was that, in the past, the mother would receive custody of the child while the father would retain certain visitation rights. This was due to the fact that the court system always assumed that the children were closer to the mother than the father.

Ensuring your divorce is child-centered

Divorces can be especially hard on children. They may feel like they are losing their family and with it a great deal of the security and safety they have enjoyed. Minnesota courts acknowledge the best interests of the child when deciding important divorce issues like custody and visitation. Divorcing couples are still held to their responsibilities as parents to ensure their child's welfare.

Putting boundaries on communication when co-parenting

There are more ways than ever to communicate with other people: calling, emailing, texting, instant messaging, writing on their wall, tagging them in a photo and even the old-fashioned way of mailing them a letter. And no one is more savvy in modes of communication than kids.

Choosing to have a healthy co-parenting relationship

The primary definition of the word "relationship" is essentially "the state of being connected." Note that this definition does not place any conditions upon this connection. Some relationships are contentious, while others are harmonious. Some relationships are mutually desired while others are grossly imbalanced. If someone was to ask you what your "state of being connected" is with your child's other parent, how would you respond?

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