It is very normal for a child to have a desire to live with one parent over the other during a divorce situation. If you are concerned that your child's wishes will not be concerned, then it may help to know that according to the Minnesota Statutes, your child may be able to influence the court's decision.
The Bench & Bar of Minnesota website lists twelve factors that were recently put in place to define the “best interests of a child.” One of those twelve factors is the ability of parents to cooperate in raising their child. For divorced parents who share custody of their child, cooperation becomes even more important. Giving your child a stable, structured upbringing can make the child custody experience more positive and provide your child with a healthy and stable life.
One of the many questions parents in Minnesota have about divorce is whether they will be penalized in custody hearings for their work schedule. The more time a parent spends at work is less time the parent can spend at home with a child. If a parent has a full-time professional career, a judge might award more custody time to the other parent simply because the other parent has more time for the children.
One of the most common issues during a divorce is deciding on custody and related issues. As you work through your divorce in Minnesota, you may wonder if the court really must be involved in this process. In most cases, you can likely work out parenting time between you and your spouse. However, the Minnesota Judicial Branch notes that in custody cases involving paternity issues or domestic abuse, the court may have to step in.
In an age where Americans may frequently change their state residency due to the requirements of their job or if they are seeking a better quality of life, some parents may wonder if they have resided in Minnesota long enough for a Minnesota judge to hear their child custody case. State law addresses this issue, and also lays out certain criteria for a Minnesota judge to hear custody cases in the event a family is divided across state lines.
One of the biggest issues in many Minnesota divorces is child custody. Dealing with the splitting of a home and having to send children back and forth can be quite stressful. Not to mention the strain it puts on the children and their relationship with their parents. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to share custody with the children's other parent, then it is in everyone's best interest to find ways to make it easier.
When you go to court to settle custody in Minnesota, there are generally two types of custody that will be determined. According to the Minnesota Judicial Branch, these are physical and legal custody. You could be awarded one, both or none. It depends on what the court finds is in the best interest of the child.
One of the biggest challenges after a divorce is helping your children adjust to having two different homes. As time goes on, you and your child's other parent may remarry, which introduces stepparents, stepsiblings and possibly half-siblings. This can make the holidays a nightmare, but it does not have to. You should take time to plan ahead so you can make this holiday season as a blended family something everyone can enjoy.
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.