Fathers Rights Group Push For More Time With Kids

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Minnesota Father’s Rights group advocates for more time between father and children. The Associated Press recently wrote an article highlighting a movement that has been popping up in various states, including our own Minnesota, which is to increase the presumption of time each parent has with their child. Presumption of Parenting Time It may come as a surprise but if you get divorced or have a child out of wedlock with a person, there is a presumption in Minnesota that one parent will have at least 25% of the parenting time (with the other having, obviously 75%). Side note: a …

What’s a guardian ad litem and what do they have to do with child custody?

If you are involved in a Minnesota custody dispute, your lawyer or a judge might have brought up the topic of a guardian ad litem with you. A guardian ad litem is someone who is appointed, for the duration of your legal battle, to look out for the best interests of your child. The idea is that while you can make your wishes known, and your ex can make his or her wishes known, your child has no one to advocate for him or her. The guardian ad litem will be an independent, neutral person—so not your ex-mother-in-law, fortunately, but …

How To Overcome Addiction Issues In A Minnesota Divorce:

Wow, pretty dour topic.  As you, my dear readers, probably know this is a bit more intense than my normal headlines.  But, I wanted to discuss a common misconception that is going around Minnesota courthouse these days, and that is that if you have addiction issues; alcohol or drugs come to mind, then you can not get custody of your kids.   That’s not true. What is true is that if you have an addiction and you are not getting help for it, then you’ve got a problem when it comes to custody in Minnesota.  You see, Judges like to …

Minnesota Parenting Plans, What The Heck Are They?

What is a parenting plan? Traditionally, in a Minnesota divorce involving a husband and wife who have children, the court would create an order setting out custody arrangements and visitation, or “parenting time.”  In Minnesota, however, you now have the option of having more say in the matter of how parenting will happen following your divorce.   A parenting plan is a formal custody arrangement that is created by you and your ex-spouse, not handed down to you by a judge.  Under Minnesota law, a parenting plan must be created inplace of a court-issued custody order if both parents request the parenting plan.  …

How Does The Judge Decide Who Gets The Kids In MN Custody Cases?

Deciding The Best Interest In Custody Cases As a divorce lawyer I’m always amazed that my clients very rarely ask me about this simple question.  I suppose the reason is there so just so much going on during a divorce that the basic questions get left out.  Or, and I think this is much more likely, that as Americans we believe that the justice system will, well, be just!  We have an inherent belief that justice will prevail, were not sure how, but it will prevail and will be perfect. Our justice system is good, possibly the best in the …