If you have a child custody concern – whether it is related to divorce, is outside of marriage, or relates to a post-decree modification – it is an important matter that deserves careful legal attention. Your child custody arrangements are a direct reflection of your parental rights, and having an experienced Hennepin County child custody attorney in your corner is the surest way to help protect these rights.
In Minnesota, child custody is divided into two categories that include legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody determines who will be making the important parenting decisions that guide your children’s growth and development, including those related to the following:
Legal custody can be addressed in all of the following ways:
Those day-to-day decisions that parents need to make about whether to have PB&J again or what movie to choose for bedtime remain the responsibility of the parent who has the children at the time.
Physical custody determines how you and your children’s other parent will schedule your time with your shared children. If you can hammer out a parenting time schedule that works for your family between yourselves, you can devise any kind of schedule you’d like. If, however, you are unable to come to a meeting of the minds, you’ll need the court to intervene on your behalf, and you will likely receive one of the court’s standard parenting schedules. Ultimately, physical custody comes down to one of two basic options that include:
If you need the court to intervene in your child custody arrangements, its position is always in support of the children’s best interests. Barring a reason for determining otherwise, the court finds that children are best served when they continue to spend time with both parents, which means it will likely attempt to maximize the amount of parenting time both of you are awarded.
If you are facing a child custody concern, the trusted Hennepin County child custody attorneys at Atticus Family Law have the compassion, experience, and legal insight to skillfully advocate for your parental rights in pursuit of a favorable case resolution. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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