Under Minnesota child custody laws, there are two types of child custody: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the right to determine the child’s upbringing, including education, health care, and religious training. Physical custody refers to control over daily routine, care, and residence of the child.
There is a presumption under Minnesota law that joint legal custody is in the best interest of the child unless the court finds domestic abuse has occurred between the parents. An award of joint legal custody would give both parents’ equal rights and responsibilities to make major decisions about the child’s upbringing. An award of sole legal custody to one parent gives that parent the exclusive right to make major decisions regarding the child.
MN Physical & Legal Child Custody