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Custody & Parenting Time

Committed to a Brighter Future

Child custody issues often present some of the most emotionally difficult situations in family law. The experienced attorneys at Arnold & Rodman PA are committed to providing compassionate, creative, and child-focused support and advocacy for our clients and their families. We take the time to listen to your unique concerns and give honest advice upfront so you can set realistic, achievable goals in order to reach the best outcome for your family.

Physical & Legal Custody

Under Minnesota law, 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 the 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 gives one parent the exclusive right to make major decisions regarding the child.

Seeking Effective Solutions For Your Family

In determining custody of a child, the court will weigh 12 best interest factors. Once a custody determination has been made, either by agreement of the parties or through trial, the court will retain jurisdiction to modify child custody or parenting time until the child turns 18. Unless parenting time is likely to endanger a child’s emotional or physical health, both parents will be awarded parenting time upon request. The attorneys at Arnold & Rodman PA are well versed in finding solutions to even the most complex custody and parenting time issues. Take the first step towards a solution by calling our office today at 952-955-8008 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled family attorneys.