Child Custody & Parenting Time

Child Custody Attorney In St. Paul

Child custody is extremely important for parents that are facing an impending divorce. There is typically a lot of stress and conflict in child custody matters between two parents. It is important to create a parenting time plan that is in the best interest of the children.

If you are dealing with a child custody matter, it is important that you consult with a family law attorney. When working with our law firm, you will have an experienced attorney who is easily accessible, patient, tech savvy and efficient so that you can save on attorney costs. We offer free consultations to help you determine what your next steps need to be.

Custody And Parenting Time In Minnesota

Child custody in Minnesota centers around Legal Custody and Physical Custody. Physical and Legal Custody can be the responsibility of one parent or it can be a shared responsibility if there is an agreement between the two parties and the court system. 

  • Legal Custody: Legal custody will give a parent the authority to make decisions about how to raise the child when it comes to healthcare, religious training, education and general welfare. 
  • Physical Custody: Physical custody will give a parent the authority to choose where the child will be living and what their day to day routine will be. 

Custody orders are not able to be modified for two years after they are decided. The only way that a custody order can be modified is if the child is at risk for emotional or physical harm.

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I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs help with custody, child support or mediation.

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Child Custody Factors In Minnesota

The court will consider many different factors related to the child’s well-being when it comes to determining child custody. The judge will not use one specific factor to make a final decision, but will take everything into consideration to determine the best course of action for the child. Some of the factors that the judge uses are:

  • What the wishes are of each parent
  • What the wishes are of the child (If the child is old enough)
  • The strength of the relationship of each parent with the child
  • What relationships the child has with the siblings or grandparents
  • The child’s ties to the home, school and community
  • The stability of the proposed home
  • The physical and mental health of the child and each parent
  • The ability of each parent to encourage and permit frequent contact with the other parent

There are many other factors the judge will consider. Taking on a child custody battle can be extremely time consuming and difficult. Because of this, it is important that you contact an experienced family law attorney to be your representation through the process.

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At the Law Office of Clarence Patterson III, our team is dedicated to helping and representing you. You will have an experienced attorney who is easily accessible, patient, tech savvy and efficient so that you can save on attorney costs.

Our firm primarily serves the areas of Ramsey County, Washington County, Hennepin County, Dakota County and other areas around Minnesota. We also If you are in need of an experienced estate planning attorney in Minnesota, please contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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