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Child Custody
A new piece of proposed legislation in England aims to achieve more equality in child custody settlements. The legislation touts the importance of a child having contact with both their mother and father. But David Norgrove argues that his recent findings in the independent family law review, prove that “the law should not be changed.” Minnesota Law...
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Parents have a fundamental right to raise and care for their child under the U.S. Constitution. The courts have repeatedly held that child custody can only be removed from a parent for “grave” and “weighty” reasons. So how can a person who is not the parent of a child, gain custody of a child? One way...
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Here is a common scenario: Husband and Wife get divorced. Wife is awarded sole physical custody of the parties’ two young minor children. Fast forward ten years, and one of these children is a teenager. Teenager is no longer getting along with her mother, and decides that she wants to live at her father’s house....
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In many child custody cases, there comes a point where one party wants to modify the custodial arrangement already in place.  This can be for legal custody, the right to make big decisions regarding your child, or physical custody, where your child resides on a daily basis.  Modifying either kind of custody is controlled by...
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There are many reasons why spouses decide to go their separate ways, but it is far from uncommon that one of the reasons is often dishonesty of one of the spouses.  The most common ways dishonesty makes its way into a divorce discussion is in the form of lying about finances or having an extramarital...
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Chemical dependency is an issue that can affect an individual’s ability to parent their children.  If an individual does not have control over their addiction, it can be unsafe to put children in their care without any safeguards in place or supervision from a third party. Child Safety Centers Often when chemical dependency is a...
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In many divorce and custody cases involving children, the parties both stay in the state of Minnesota and the courts within the state will continue to make all determinations regarding custody and parenting time for the children.  However, there are situations where the parties both move out of state or even out of the country...
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Almost always when parties go to court and the judge makes his or her decision, someone will not be happy with the results.   That is why it is preferred by the court that parties resolve their disputes without needing its involvement.  What can be done if you are the party that is not happy? In...
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A case recently made national headlines where a wife from Ohio allegedly found out her husband had married another woman in Florida by seeing the pictures on the other woman’s Facebook page.  This case is now going through heavy litigation regarding interstate custody matters, jurisdiction, and determinations of whether the marriage is valid or not. ...
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Many of our clients are unmarried parents.  With marriage comes automatic parental rights.  When you are not married, the father must go to court to establish his rights before he is able to enforce them. Custody Cases Custody cases for unmarried parents start in one of two ways.  If the parents never did anything to...
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