If you are a parent, you are probably no stranger to worrying about your child or children; that’s especially true if you are fighting for custody. Concern about how custody and parenting time will be awarded in your divorce or parentage action can add unnecessary stress to an already stressful proceeding. The seasoned Minnesota child custody attorneys at Parvey, Larson, and McLean offer dedicated, compassionate legal support to help clients through the custody process with dignity.
Understanding What to Expect in an MN Custody Case
When Minnesota judges review proposed custody orders and parenting plans, they are charged with determining what type of arrangement will be in the child’s best interests — not just the parents’ best interests.
Judges start with the presumption that a minor child would be best served if the parents shared custody. Minnesota courts address not only physical custody, but also how the parents make decisions about the children. This is commonly known as legal custody.
Some of these legal custody rights are found in state statutes, while others are common sense and are designed to encourage cooperation between the parents, even if they are apart. Minnesota judges also consider the parties’ ability to cooperate for the children’s sake when determining legal custody.
It’s only after reviewing information and evidence submitted by each party that the judge can make a decision. When you hire an experienced child custody attorney in MN, you’ll have a skilled advocate to help you gather evidence and present a stronger case for custody.
Parenting Plan Considerations
In Minnesota dissolution or parentage actions, parents, attorneys, and courts each play important roles in crafting parenting plans that are in the children’s best interests. Your attorney will work with you to create a parenting plan that addresses a variety of issues, including the following:
- The parent with whom the minor child will live
- How time will be split between the parents’ homes
- The circumstances surrounding exchanges
- How you and your child’s other parent will handle holidays
- Special events and other occasions
- And more
In Minnesota, custody determinations presume each parent will have parenting time of at least 25% of the overnights with their children.
Of course, life is unpredictable and not even the most well-thought-out parenting plan can account for every possibility. At Parvey, Larson, and McLean, we try our best to provide solutions for many common events that may occur. We also help include language unique to your circumstances in your parenting plan.
Choose the Child Custody Lawyer MN Residents Trust With the Most Difficult of Matters
Conflicts involving child custody can be stressful and often involve hard decisions. The experienced, knowledgeable attorneys at Parvey, Larson, and McLean are adept at handling these conflicts and easing your stress. We are proud to serve as both family law and custody attorneys for mothers and as child custody lawyers for fathers in MN. We are parents and stepparents first and attorneys second.
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