Child Custody in Minnesota

Whether you are going through a divorce or separation, one thing that needs to be addressed is the custody of any children from the marriage. Child Custody is a legal process which determines who will have a say in the child’s life, including major life decisions and living arrangements. In Minnesota, the child’s best interest is always taken into consideration when coming to an agreement on Child Custody.

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Legal Custody 

Legal Custody has to do with major life decisions in a child’s life. This can include the child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing.

While typically both parents share joint legal custody of a child, it is possible for one parent to have sole legal custody if the court feels that one parent may not be suitable for legal custody.

 

Physical Custody 

Physical Custody includes the daily routines of a child such as the everyday care as well as the living arrangement of the child. A parent with physical custody has the right to have their child live with them.

Usually one parent has sole physical custody while the other parent gets visitation rights, but it is possible for the parents to share joint physical custody.

 

Sole Custody 

Sole Custody is when one parent has full responsibility over the child, whether that be legal or physical custody. If a parent has sole physical custody, the child lives with that parent. The other parent, or the non-custodial parent, may have visitation rights with the child if the court believes it is necessary.

Sole Custody is usually awarded to one parent when the other is seen as unfit to provide care for the child, but it may also be awarded if it benefits both the parents and the child more.

 

Joint Custody

Joint Custody is when both parents have an equal say in the upbringing of their child. In joint custody, both parents are custodial parents and neither parent is a non-custodial parent, so the child has two custodial parents.

Joint Custody is common when it comes to Legal Custody, as both parents usually want a say in major life decisions in their child’s life. It is possible for both parents to have Joint Physical Custody. However, it is more common for the child to live with one parent while the other parent gets visitation rights.

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