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Can a parent unreasonably restrict parenting time in Minnesota?

When a couple decides to end their marriage, it is rarely an easy decision. If there are children involved, emotions can run even higher and the divorcing couple must figure out a way to end their legal marriage and maintain their biological relationship with their children. Child custody therefore can often be the most contentious aspect of divorce.

Types of child custody in Minnesota

When it comes to divorce in Minnesota, there are many issues that may weigh heavy on the minds of separating spouses. Property division issues, such as who will get to keep the house, car or cabin, can play a big role. Alimony can also be another source of contention with regards to whether or not alimony is appropriate, and how much is owed. But of all the divorce issues divorcing parents face, those involving children are usually the most important.

Surrogacy in Minnesota handled by child custody, other agreements

Minnesota is among one of theU.S. states that does not currently have any laws governing surrogacy. Surrogacy is the act of carrying and giving birth to another person's child, by means of implementation. Those who seek surrogacy option are often unable to conceive or carry a child until full-term. Currently, those seeking surrogacy in MN often look to family law and other contracts to dictate the process.

Child custody and unmarried parents in Minnesota

Not every relationship between a couple in Minnesota is meant to last, even if the couple has a child. If a child is born to unmarried parents who are no longer together as a couple, it is often the case that the child's mother is granted sole physical custody. However, if the child's father takes some sort of action to preserve his custody and visitation rights, he can still be a part of his child's life. Many times child custody decisions in such cases hinges on who was the child's primary caretaker and what is in the best interests of the child.

Keeping the holidays for the children post-divorce

The holiday season, for many in the Twin Cities, is a time for family. However, families are complicated, particularly if a couple is divorced. And, the more complicated one's family situation is, the more complicated the holidays become. This is especially true if children are involved. Will the child eat turkey with mom and leave cookies and milk out for Santa with dad? Will the child try to split each holiday between each parent? All of this can be a headache and a heartache during what is already an emotional time of year.

Birds-nesting: a unique child custody arrangement

Parents in Minnesota divorce may decide that they want to share joint custody of their child. If this is the case, they may assume that the child will have two homes, one with each parent. However, some find that the constant back-and-forth between households is hard on the child and hard on the parents. Therefore, some may choose a more unique child custody arrangement: birds-nesting.

Can a parent in Minnesota move with their child out of state?

It is not unusual these days for people to move from one state to another, or even to move across the country. For example, a person could be offered a better job in another state, or a person who has moved away from the state he or she grew up in, may later decide that he or she wants to move back to his or her home state to be closer to family. However, what happens in child custody situations where a custodial parent wants to move to another state with the child?

What is required if parents cannot agree on child custody?

Sometimes, despite their best efforts, parents who are going through a divorce simply cannot see eye-to-eye when it comes to making decisions regarding child custody and visitation. If this happens, they must take classes. Two are required, and then they have a choice as to the third.

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