If you are a Minnesota parent going through a divorce, you no doubt are concerned about your children. You may be apprehensive about how they will handle what is sure to be a very difficult time for them as their family breaks up. You and your spouse may have serious disagreements about how to rear them.
Creating a parenting plan in Minnesota can be confusing, especially when you are trying to remember what needs to be included and ensure that all necessary topics are covered. We at the Huson Law Firm have created this guide to provide some of the most important tips to keep in mind as you create your parenting plan and determine your family's future.
Moving your children out of Minnesota is a major change in their lives and has a great effect on their other parent. It requires careful consideration and the court's involvement. According to The Office of the Revisor of Statutes, if you plan to take your children outside of the state to live, you must get the permission of the court. You may be able to bypass going to court if you get the permission of your children's other parent. This would need to be in a signed document detailing the move. Leaving without such permission could subject you to serious legal complications.
Children whose parents choose to terminate their marriage may negotiate a parenting plan that ends in either sole custody or joint custody of the child. Although one parent may want to have sole custody and keep the child the majority of the time, studies show that this may not be the best option for kids. Researchers have found that in most cases, children who live in a joint custody household may have advantages over kids who are raised in a sole custody arrangement.
The laws concerning divorce and child custody in Minnesota can be confusing at times, especially if you are not an immediate part of the family. If you are a grandparent seeking custody or visitation for your grandchild, you may be concerned about what rights you have. There are several different situations, and each has a unique possible outcome.
Although your divorce settlement may contain a child custody arrangement, this arrangement is not always set in stone. Life changes occur and you may need to file for a modification to your child custody agreement. There are certain circumstances in which you can file for a child custody modification; however, before you can complete this important step, you may want to consider what is in the best interest of your child. At Huson Law Firm, we understand that child custody modification may be necessary in some situations.
Substance abuse is a common reason that many marriages end. One spouse becomes addicted to a particular substance and it slowly poisons the marriage until one of the partners is unable to stay. This sad story plays out time and again all over the country. If you are engaged in a child custody dispute and the other spouse is a current or former drug abuser, it is highly likely to influence the courts determinations.
If you and your significant are not married and the two of you have a child together, you should understand the importance of establishing paternity. Simply being listed on the birth certificate is not enough to secure your parental rights if things end between the two of you. Even if you plan to stay together forever, the future is always uncertain.
A relocation or "move away" order is a court order that allows parents to move their children to a new residence either in the same state or out of state. Relocation orders are, typically, difficult to obtain because the court is loath to allow one parent to remove the child from the immediate access to the other parent. The courts accept the general notion that it is in the best interests of the child if both parents participate in his life, therefore relocation orders that break that mold is difficult to obtain.
Divorce can bring out the worst in people. Couples who had previously pledged to love one another forever are suddenly fighting tooth and nail over every speck of their joint assets. Sometimes, this animosity can boil over and impact decisions about child custody and visitation during the divorce process. In cases where the other party is not complying with your court ordered right to visitation, tensions can run particularly high.