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Legal custody issues under Minnesota law

Divorce is always a tough emotional experience for parents with a child. Both parties realize that their inability to remain married will undoubtedly affect their child's life. For better or worse, the actions of both spouses will profoundly alter their child's future upbringing from its current trajectory.

The fact of the matter is that following a divorce, a child will likely reside with one parent for the majority of his or her life. Even in situations where couples share joint physical custody, it is still likely that the child will reside in the home of one parent for more calendar days per year than the other.

In some cases, the parent with primary physical custody of a child will come to wrongly believe that they are entitled to choose the child's daycare provider for example, or decide which faith the child should worship without input from the noncustodial parent. Other common examples might be a custodial parent deciding to homeschool a child on their own or placing the child on a regimen of prescription drugs designed to reduce attention deficit disorder without first consulting the other parent.

Minnesota law is clear on the issue of legal custody in these matters. The proper way to handle a parent who is self-aggrandizing themselves with extra legal custody authority is to bring a motion before the court and let a judge decide what is in the child's best interest.

It is extremely beneficial to have the assistance of experienced legal counsel in such matters. An attorney familiar with Minnesota child custody cases can help you put together a compelling argument as to why your input is vital in making important legal decisions regarding your child's life.

Our law firm has been assisting Minnesota residents throughout the greater Lakeville area for over 15 years. Our goal is to provide you with cost-conscious legal representation aimed at preserving your legal custody rights. To learn more about your rights, please visit our child custody webpage.

Source: http://www.divorceminnesota.com/, "Child Custody" Sep. 18, 2014

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