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Father with custody of his sonIn divorces, child custody is often one of the most argued subjects between parents. Visitation schedules can also be difficult to agree on in the event of a contested divorce. Joint custody may be achieved if both parents are willing to structure a parenting plan together that is agreeable.

At Meinerts Law, our child custody lawyers in Minnesota are here to help guide you through visitation and custody disputes and ensure that your child's best interests are kept in mind.

What are the Two Types of Child Custody in Minnesota?

There are two types of child custody in the state of Minnesota:

  • Legal custody allows parents to make important decisions regarding the child's upbringing.
  • Primary custody is awarded to the parent who will house and care for the child day-to-day.

What Factors Go Into Determining Child Custody?

If you and your spouse or the other parent of your child are unable to come to a decision outside of court, the decision of custody will be left to the judge. This means that the judge will take into consideration all of the aspects of your case and consider a number of factors to make a decision.

A few of the factors that the judge in family court may consider include:

  • Who has been the primary caretaker
  • The child's preferences
  • If the parents have a history of abuse
  • The parents' ability to spend time with the child

Advocating for Unmarried Father’s Rights in Minnesota

At Meinerts Law, we understand that relationships between family members can be confusing. In the event of a divorce, grandparents can often be forbidden from seeing their grandchildren due to the rifts between the divorced parents. Additionally, unmarried fathers may need to go to court to seek custodial rights or visitation. Whatever the case may be, our caring child custody attorneys in Scott County are here to support you.

At What Age Can a Child Refuse Visitation in Minnesota?

While there is no specific age in which the child is mature enough to express a personal opinion on which parent he or she would rather be with, it is very uncommon for the court to accept the opinion of a child younger than seven years old. Teenagers are almost always awarded custodial preferences, as long as there are valid reasons to having that preference.

Virtual Visitation

With the rise of technology, some divorced parents are finding it easier to stay in touch with their children and keep their relationships intact, even from a distance. Tools like FaceTime are increasing in popularity and in some states, they're now a right that parents have. Utah was the first state to enact an electronic visitation law that can give parents the right to communicate with their children electronically. The laws were intended to supplement, rather than replace traditional visitation methods. Which means that virtual visitation is meant to provide another method of strengthening the bond between the parent and child.

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For knowledgeable and compassionate child custody representation in Scott County, call our firm now at (952) 777-8886 to speak with a member of our legal team.

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Here at Meinerts Law Office, P. A, our Savage family law attorney is focused on providing clients with skilled legal representation. We can provide you with alternative dispute resolutions to help your family move forward in a quicker and less-stressful manner. For nearly 25 years, attorney Merlyn Meinerts has helped clients with simple and complex family law cases.

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